Regional Cattle Health and Nutrition Meeting to be Held in Mankato


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Moisture throughout North Central Kansas has been spotty at best so far in 2018.  For beef producers, this makes the upcoming winter a critical time to manage resources that can either make or break their business model.  On September 11th at 6:30 p.m., K-State Research & Extension will host a Feeder Calf & Stocker Management meeting to help producers protect their bottom line.

Speakers will include Dr. Dale Blasi, K-State Extension Beef Specialist, on how to manage a “limit feeding” program to increase efficiency and performance in stocker cattle. Dr. Blasi has improved feed efficiency by greater than 25% by feeding energy dense rations at the KSU Stocker Unit. We will also hear on health protocol considerations from Dr. Tim Parks, beef veterinarian for Merck Animal Health and how to prevent and manage mycoplasma and foot health from Dr. Stephen Russell of the Downs-Smith Center Vet Clinic.

Join us for good food, producer driven conversation with these industry professionals, and an inside look at the new auction market in Mankato.  There is no charge to attend the meeting, but RSVP to any Post Rock Extension office or at www.postrock.ksu.edu is necessary to provide an accurate meal count.  For more information, contact Barrett Simon at (785)378-3174 or barrett8@ksu.edu. A special thanks to the evening’s sponsors, Merck Animal Health and Mankato Livestock Inc.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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