Cattlemen across Kansas will be heading to Dodge City for the Annual Cattleman's Convention and Trade Show. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the United Wireless Arena and Magouirk Conference Center.
The event will kick off with a trade show at 7 a.m. Beginning at 8 a.m. a series of speaker sessions will take place, starting with Dr. Sandy Johnson discussing heifer development and reproductive strategies and technologies. Cattle handling expert Dr. Tom Noffsinger will demonstrate how to maintain calm animals and get the most from your cattle. Additionally, Climatologist Mary Knapp will discuss climate trends and adjusting operational practices.
During the afternoon, retired extension agent Gary Kilgore will give tips on pasture management as well as weed and brush control. Dominic Varricchio, Luke Schwieterman and Rick Overton from Schwieterman, Inc. will give market information. Area specialists Dr. Randall Spare and Dr. Nels Lindberg will talk about animal health.
A number of activities will take place after the speaker sessions, including a networking hour at 5 p.m. and a live auction at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund events and projects for cattlemen across Kansas. In addition, over 40 local, regional and national companies will be present to exhibit their products.
“I hope all of Kansas comes out for this event,” KCA Executive Director Brandy Carter said in a news release. “It is a great opportunity to get beneficial information and visit with companies that support independent producers…. KCA proudly promotes USA beef and Kansas cattlemen, and we are excited about having this event in the heart of cattle country.”
There is no cost to attend the trade show, which will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those wishing to attend the full convention must pay a fee of $75. The full convention includes prime seating for the speaker sessions, a buffet lunch and a steak supper at the evening banquet. Those wishing to attend the event have the option to pre-register and can do so by calling 785-238-1483 or visiting www.kansascattlemen.com.
This is the fifteenth year for the Cattleman's Convention. The event was held in Dodge City once before in its first year in 1999. Taking place at the United Wireless Arena, this year's event will run at it's largest venue yet. Carter said she is hoping to see 1,500 people attend the event.