MANHATTAN – Beef stocker cattle health, business management and infrastructure topics are on tap for the 2015 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday in Manhattan.

The day starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. at K-

State’s beef stocker unit, 4330 Marlatt Ave. in Manhattan. A barbecue brisket lunch will be provided and the program will close with social time and “The Cutting Bull’s Lament 2015,” featuring prairie oysters and ice cream.

At the event, attendees will also see an unmanned aerial vehicle in action.

The program is designed to share the most significant research and other recent information on stocker cattle operations through several presentations.

• "Charting the Course in Choppy Waters" – Glynn Tonsor, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist.

• Kansas producer panel: "Breaking into the Stocker Business" – Rodney Derstein, Kismet; Justin Keith, Allen; Sam Sterling, Pratt; and Mike Utech, Emporia. Moderator is Wes Ishmael, contributing editor, BEEF Magazine.

• "Innate Immunity and Bovine Reproductive Disease in Stocker Calves" – Jim Sears, senior technical services veterinarian, Bayer.

• Veterinarian panel: "Health Issues: What We Think" – veterinarians Stan Perry, Phil Benz and James Allen. Moderator is Dale Blasi, extension beef cattle specialist.

Breakout sessions:

"Dealing with Old World Bluestem" – Walt Fick, extension range management specialist."Lungs: When Things Aren’t Right" – Gregg Hanzlicek – K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab."New Pen Construction Considerations, Requirements and Costs" – Bill Hollenbeck, K-State beef stocker unit, Pat Murphy and Joe Harner, extension livestock systems engineers.

More details are available by contacting Lois Schreiner, K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, at (785) 532-1267 or