Dec 06, 2022

BOOR: Upcoming Extension calving school announced in Ellsworth

Posted Dec 06, 2022 1:00 AM
written by: Alicia Boor - Cottonwood Extension District
written by: Alicia Boor - Cottonwood Extension District

Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools in January.

The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff said organizers aim to increase producers’ knowledge and practical skills – as well as the number of live calves born.

“Our goal is for producers to leave better prepared for calving season,” Tarpoff said “We will discuss timelines on when to examine cows for calving problems, and when to call your vet for help if things are not going well. We will also discuss calf care early in life. It’s an excellent program regardless of experience level.”

Tarpoff said the program includes tips on when and how to intervene to assist the cow or heifer. Presenters will also demonstrate proper use of calving equipment on a life-size cow and calf model.

Midway Extension Livestock Agent Clinton Laflin will also discuss crisis management considerations with program attendees. The program will be held on Tuesday January 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Ellsworth Recreation Center. There is no cost to attend, but a RSVP is requested by Friday January 6th 2023 to confirm meal count.

To RSVP or for more information please contact Clint Laflin via Email at [email protected], or by phone at 785-472-4442

Alicia Boor is an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in the Cottonwood District (which includes Barton and Ellis counties) for K-State Research and Extension. You can contact her by e-mail at [email protected] or calling 620-793-1910.