LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Public Relations) – The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association are bringing back Beef Bash in person for 2021. The interactive field day is set for October 14 in the UK C. Oran Little Research Center in County Woodford.
âWe have been hosting Beef Bash at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton since 2008,â said Les Anderson, UK beef extension specialist. âOur goal is to have a more ‘friendly’, more interactive and less structured field day. You can come and go as you please, attend various demonstrations of your choice, attend livestock shows, visit trade exhibitors and other producers, or study various educational exhibits. The name âBeef Bashâ implies that we want you to have a good time while you learn. “
Participants can tour UK breeding facilities and learn about the UK cow herd and associated plans and goals. Stations representing research across the college will share the relevance of their studies to the Kentucky beef industry. Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources officers will share ideas for successful beef programs and their impact on beef productivity. Extension specialists will discuss educational programs and their impact.
A large tent will house trade exhibitions and serve as a focal point for all activities. Participants can meet with various company representatives and discuss the purchase of products for weaning calves or winter herd management. Company representatives will offer information on new products.
âWe will be hosting a variety of hands-on demonstrations throughout the day,â Anderson said. âGo to the ones that interest you and ask questions in a less formal environment. “
Topics include livestock risk protection insurance, the use of sorghum-sudangrass to switch to new endophytic tall fescue, ruminant nutrition research, an off-grid solar demonstration, the effectiveness of the winter feeding, current livestock health issues, use of distillery food products, cooling of hot fescue pastures with red clover, cattle and drone interaction, feed values ââof hemp byproducts, finished beef production pasture, pasture weed control, selenium and female breeding function, hay and supplement calculator and UK breeding programs.
Participants can also visit with the direction of British College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Breeders Association. The organizers also welcome future students in agriculture, in particular those interested in animal and food sciences.
âThis event was a fantastic opportunity for KCA management to interact not only with UK staff but also with other industry leaders,â said Anderson.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. EDT, with programs and tours starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT. A midday meal will be available for purchase. No pre-registration is required. Participants will receive a free pair of cotton knit gloves. This in-person event is subject to change due to COVID-19 recommendations.
For more information, please contact Les Anderson at 859-257-2856 or [email protected]