A panel of three southeast Kansas cattlemen will share their experiences with managing fescue pastures at the August 18 Kansas State University/KLA Ranch Management Field Day near Uniontown. John Gaither of Columbus, and Gale George and Lafe Wilson, both from Uniontown, utilize fescue as the predominant forage for their cowherd and stocker programs. These ranchers will share information about their efforts to optimize cattle performance with fescue, which often can be challenging. Southeast Kansas Area Extension Agronomist Doug Shoup also will provide an update on research to minimize endophyte toxicity in fescue, use of improved fescue varieties and how stockpiling fescue can lead to reduced winter feeding costs. The August 18 field day will be held at the Lafe, Linda and Eric Wilson ranch near Uniontown.
Other field days scheduled are August 13 at the Merrill Ranch near Wilmore and August 20 at Pike Trail Cattle Company of Delphos. Each event will start at 4:00 p.m., include educational and informational sessions and conclude with dinner. More specific program information will be announced in the coming weeks. Bayer Animal Health and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas are sponsors of the field days.