MANHATTAN – With the new year, beef producers are eager for the 2017 calf crop. In anticipation of calving season, the Kansas State University 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 extension beef veterinarian, said the goals of the event are to increase knowledge and practical skills and to increase calf survival if assistance is needed during calving.

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

“We will discuss timelines on when to assess calving cows, and when to call for help if things are not going well,” Tarpoff said.

Meetings include:

• Wednesday – 5:30 p.m. CST, Seward County Activity Center, Liberal; RSVP to Kylee Harrison, Seward County Extension, at (620) 624-5604. The meeting includes information on winter cow herd nutrition and management.

• Thursday – 11:30 a.m. CST, Hamilton County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, Syracuse; RSVP to Jenifer Sexson, Hamilton County Extension, at (620) 384-5225. The meeting includes information on winter cow herd nutrition and management.

• Thursday – evening, Finney County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, Garden City; RSVP to Katelyn Barthol at (620) 272-3670.

• Jan. 11 – 1 p.m., Phillips County Fairgrounds, Phillipsburg; RSVP to Rachael Boyle at (785) 425-6851.

• Jan. 11 – 6:30 p.m., Gateway Civic Center, Oberlin; RSVP to Alyssa Rippe, Twin Creeks District, at (785) 475-8121. The meeting includes information about the economic benefits of a shorter calving window.

• Jan. 12 – 11 a.m., Sylvan Sales Commission, Sylvan Grove; RSVP to Neil Cates at (7850 738-3597 or Kashly Schweer at (785) 483-3157. The meeting includes information about colostrum management and scours prevention.

• Jan. 17 – 6 p.m., Hepler Community Center, Hepler; RSVP to Christopher Petty, Southwind District, at (620) 223-3720 or Wildcat District at (620) 724-8233. The meeting includes information about colostrum management.

More information about the calving schools is available at