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Beef Bash 2021 Dr. Les Anderson Beef Extension Professor, University of Kentucky The UK Beef IRM team is proud to host Beef Bash again at the University of Kentucky C. Oran Little Research Center in Woodford County on October 14. This event, which is co-hosted by UK and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, combines social, educational and industry interaction and should have something for everyone who is interested in beef and the Kentucky beef industry. The staging area will be under the big tent near the Intensive Research Building this year. We will have live cattle demonstrations, research presentations, commercial and educational exhibits. You will have opportunities to take various tours that will be available, or you can simply sit on a bale of straw and visit with university or industry leaders, commercial representatives, or your fellow cattle producers. Much of the leadership of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and the University of Kentucky will be present. The Kentucky Beef Council will also be participating in educational events. We will have keynote speakers for the noon program which will include Dr. Nancy Cox, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Mr. Brian Lacefield, head of the Kentucky’s Office of Agricultural Policy (KOAP), and Mr. Dave Maples of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. Lunch will be available and will include beef grilled by the Woodford County Cattlemen’s Association.

subjected to two rounds of fixed-timed AI and are raised on the farm under a strict herd health program. We’ll have several cattle exhibits to illustrate various management practices. Mr. Kirk Vanzant (UK Beef Farm Manager), Dr. Darrh Bullock, and I are happy to discuss the breeding and management programs with you. Commercial exhibits. A large tent in the staging area will house about 30 commercial exhibits and serve as the focal point of all activities. You can visit with various company representatives as you please and make plans for purchasing products for weaning calves or wintering the cow herd. Information on many new products will be available. Take your time and visit a while. These folks contribute the funds that allow us to pay the expenses for this event which include renting buses and tents and giving a pair of gloves to everyone that registers.

Educational opportunities. Most of the faculty involved with the beef industry will be available and sharing some insights with attendees. Topics include Livestock Risk Protection, Pasture-Finishing Beef, Using Distillery Feed Products, Cooling Off Hot Pastures With Clover, Impact of Disposition on Growth, Pasture Weed Control, Current Health Issues, Estimating Drying Rates of Forage for Hay and Baleage, Using Sorghum Sudangass to Rotate to Novel Endophyte Most of the UK beef, forage specialists and Tall Fescue, Ruminant Nutrition Current researchers, along with specialists from other Research and Overview, Feeding Values disciplines, will be there to participate in the of Hemp, Fescue Toxicosis and Forms program and to visit with you. We will be of Selenium: Who Cares?, Selenium and updating information from time to time but Female Reproductive Function, Off-Grid here is a general description of what you can Solar Demo, Cattle-drone Interactions, see and do: Winter Feeding and Efficiency, UKARC Breeding Programs, Hay and Supplement Cattle. We manage approximately 150 Calculator, and a tour of the entire LRC cows and will be nearly calved out by midFarm. As you can tell, the topics cover a wide October. Most of the cows are commercial variety of topics which might relate to you Angus cows with some Hereford and and your cattle operation. Simmental influence. All females are

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Social: Our main goal with Beef Bash is fellowship. Visit with the leadership of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and the University of Kentucky. The Dean and Associate Deans of the UK College of Agriculture are planning to attend and look forward to visiting with you. Bring any prospective agriculture students, especially those interested in Animal and Food Sciences with you. The beef Extension specialists and researchers will, of course, be available to visit and answer questions. KCA will be represented with leaders from across the state. Come and visit with other cattlemen from across the state and be a part of making KCA the voice for all Kentucky cattle producers. Research Results. One key to Beef Bash is that our clientele gets to learn about the research conducted at the LRC to improve the beef herds of Kentucky and beyond. This is a key opportunity to interact with our researchers and ask questions pertaining to their research. Our beef nutrition researchers are the best in the world and Beef Bash is an excellent opportunity to get a taste of the work that is being done here in Kentucky. Cutting-edge research abounds at the LRC, and we are excited to share these findings and the direction of this work with you. USDA-ARS. Faculty working with the USDA-ARS will also attend to discuss their research and its application to the Kentucky beef industry. This group is expanding its impact in Kentucky and has considerably exciting news to share with those attending. We hope to see you at the LRC in Woodford County. You are important to us and the beef industry. Make plans now to spend some time with folks who are interested in the same things that you are – improving our position in the beef industry. Mark October 14 on your calendar and bring a neighbor. Consider this my personal invitation to help make this the biggest “bash” ever.

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