MANHATTAN Kansas State University's 2013 Beef Conference "Strategic Cow Herd Management: Surviving and Rebuilding after Persistent Drought," will be held at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6 in Frick Auditorium of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan.

For those who are unable to travel to Manhattan in person, the conference will be broadcast remotely to Oakley, Pratt and Parsons.

Dave Lalman, extension beef cattle specialist with Oklahoma State University will give the keynote address on "Addressing Cow Herd Efficiency in a World of Mixed Message for Producers: Matching Production Levels to Environmental Conditions."

Other topics will include techniques to enhance the value of low quality roughage, confinement feeding of cows, management and feeding of early weaned calves, pasture, rangeland, forage and livestock risk protection, and income tax implications following livestock liquidation. Other topics include control of trichomoniasis in beef herds, impending regulations of livestock antibiotics, and capturing strategic opportunities when culling/rebuilding the cow herd.

The fee to attend is $60 per person or $100 for two or more from the same operation. Early registration deadline is July 30. More information, including how to register for the webcasts or in-person attendance, is available at or by calling (785) 532-1280.