Winning at Weaning program is set for Oct. 18

This year’s calf crops survived chilly winter mornings. They have grazed the lush spring growth and dodged thunderstorms. All summer they have grown strong on forages and milk. Soon it will be time to separate the calves and cows in the fall tradition we call weaning. This year don’t just wean, focus on winning at weaning, said Anthony Ruiz, a K-State Research and Extension agent focused on livestock production.

Weaning is the most stressful period in a calf’s life. In a short time things go from as good as it gets to new surroundings and chaos. Making weaning a smooth process can ease the transition, reduce weight loss, and enhance calf health. With proper management weaning can be a success.

Winning at Weaning is a K-State Research and Extension workshop devoted to helping beef cattle producers succeed at this important time of year. Dale Blasi, director of the K-State Beef Stocker Unit, will share knowledge he’s gained on reducing shrink and starting calves effectively from his many years of stocker cattle research trials. AJ Tarpoff, K-State extension beef veterinarian, will outline herd health management protocols before and after weaning and receiving. Before joining K-State, he worked with cattle feeders to maximize cattle health as they’re moved to a new environment and optimize feeder cattle wellness.

Winning at Weaning takes place Tuesday, Oct.18 at American Ag Credit’s Salina office located at 925 West Magnolia Road, right beside Menard’s. Brian Harris of Merial is sponsoring a meal that begins at 6:00 pm. Speaker presentations will begin at 6:30 pm. The cost is $5 for those who RSVP by Oct. 10, or $10 at the door. To sign up for the event call 785-392-2147 or email anruiz@ksu.edu. The public is invited to attend.