TOPEKA - Registration is now open for the Kansas Stockmanship & Stewardship event, June 16-18 in Leavenworth, Kan. Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique educational experience for cattle producers featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) educational sessions, facility design sessions and industry updates that you won’t find anywhere else.
“In today’s world, no matter the beef production system you are involved with, stockmanship and stewardship are more important than ever,” said Curt Pate, Stockmanship & Stewardship clinician, and cattle handling expert. “This quality program combines age-old skills with modern practices to improve your bottom line and quality of life.”
The three-day event includes tours, classroom sessions and live cattle demonstrations with hands-on opportunities for attendees. The first day features a half-day tour including visits to Kauffman Stadium, Bichelmeyer Meats and J&N Ranch. The evening concludes with dinner at the Schwinn Farm Barn and a keynote presentation by Ron Wilson, rancher and cowboy poet.
Classroom sessions on day two include topics such as economics, grazing management, importance of mental health, entrepreneurship, marketing concepts as well as a meat cutting demonstration, concluding with dinner and a live band. The final day at Due West Ranch Equestrian Center features stockmanship principles, safety considerations, chuteside demonstrations and a BQA training. The program is sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) a contractor to the beef checkoff, Merck Animal Health, Kansas State University (KSU) and the Kansas Beef Council (KBC).
“Merck Animal Health is proud to have a long-standing partnership with NCBA in ensuring education and animal welfare training with our sponsorship of Stockmanship and Stewardship,” said Kevin Mobley, executive director of sales and marketing for Merck Animal Health. “With products and technology designed to enhance animal health, productivity and traceability, combined with the expertise of our people, Merck Animal Health is in a unique position to provide leadership and innovation in the area of sustainability.”
For more information, complete agenda, fees and to register, visit www.StockmanshipAndStewardship.org. Full registration includes all events and meals, and student pricing and one-day registration options are available.
Cattle producers attending Stockmanship & Stewardship are eligible for reimbursement through the Rancher Resilience Grant. To apply for a grant to cover registration costs and two nights hotel, visit www.ncba.org/producers/rancher-resilience-grant.