Optimize your stocker operation with practical information and management tips offered at Kansas State University's (KSU) 2003 BEEF Stocker Profitability Conference, Friday, Sept. 19. The Manhattan, KS, event offers information on gaining greater flexibility under changing market and environmental conditions.

The general conference begins at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at the K-State Alumni Center. A lunch buffet will be provided. Speakers include:

  • Dan Thomson, DVM, Cactus Feeders' director of vet services, will discuss “Stocker-Feedlot Transition Trends in the Beef Industry.” Thomson is a third-generation veterinarian who oversees 500,000 head of cattle in 10 feedlots in three states. He's also taught at Texas Tech and Iowa State universities.

  • Kevin Dhuyvetter, KSU professor of agricultural economics and Extension agricultural economist, will present “Preconditioning: An Economic Analysis.”

  • Jan Sargeant, DVM, KSU associate professor of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology, will discuss “A Practical Approach to Epidemiology: Are Things What They Seem?”

  • Mike Cucchiara, director of meat operations at Associated Wholesale Grocers, will present “Retail Demand for Beef: What Do We Expect From You?”

The program concludes with a roundtable discussion. Registration is $30/participant before Sept. 2 and $40 at the door. Registration forms are available at www.BeefstockerUSA.org. The first 50 registrants are eligible to win one of two Palm OS-based handheld computers and other prizes.

An optional, pre-conference reception will begin at 7 p.m., Sept. 18. Participants also are invited to attend the KSU vs. Marshall football game on Sept. 20.

Reserve your room at the Manhattan Holiday Inn by Aug. 18. Participants planning to stay overnight on Sept. 18 or 19 are eligible for a special conference rate. Call 785/539-5311 and mention the BeefstockerUSA.org reception.

To reserve game tickets, call the K-State Ticket Office at 800/221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com.

For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785/532-1267 or lschrein @oznet.ksu.edu, or visit www.beefstockerUSA.org.