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K-State to host ‘Calving Schools’ in several Kansas communities

Meetings hope to increase number of live calves born, among other goals

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the new year, beef producers are anxious for the 2018 calf crop. In anticipation of calving season, Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools in January.

The program will outline the normal processes of calving. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian, said the goals of the calving schools are to increase knowledge and practical skills, and increase the number of live calves born.

The schools will also share tips on when and how to intervene to assist the cow and how those times may be different when dealing with young heifers. Presenters will demonstrate proper use of calving equipment on life-size scale.

“This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and review the calving process,” Tarpoff said. “We will discuss timelines on when to access calving cows, and when to call for help if things are not going well.”

Several of the meetings will also cover topics such as cow nutrition during the winter months, and managing cull cows.

Meetings scheduled include:

More information about the calving schools is available at

Editor’s Note: This article is provided by K-State Research and Extension on behalf of KSRE News.