KCA Field Day
Kansas Charolais Association
August 27, 2016
A good attendance was once again on-hand for the annual Kansas Charolais Association field day, Saturday, August 27. The tour began at T&S Strnad Charolais, Formoso. Owners Terrill and Sarah Strnad shared the start of their program, genetics used, and information about their annual bull sale. Russ and Darla Lewis, Leoti, also had females on display and discussed their genetics, as well as information about their participation in the annual Strnad bull sale.
The tour then proceeded to Nesika Energy and Supreme Feeders. Attendees split up with half touring the Supreme Feeders’ feed loading station while the other group toured the Ethanol plant. At the feed station, attendees viewed the computer program which loads each individual truck, dispatching trucks to designated pens. They also learned about improvements to new energy-free watering systems and the installation of sunscreen systems. At the ethanol plant, attendees viewed the ethanol process; and another aspect of the plant—the steam-flaking system that provides steam-flaked corn for feedlots and surrounding farms.
After a noon meal at Nesika Energy, Dr. Randall Holbrock of Tallgrass Veterinary discussed the new regulations on the Veterinary Feed Directive. Discussion followed with questions from attendees. Curtis Ohlde Kansas Charolais Association President, thanked the Strnad and Runft families for hosting the Field Day; and encouraged everyone to attend the Kansas State Fair Charolais Show September 17th. Megan Larson co-Secretary/Treasurer and Kansas Junior Charolais Association Advisor, shared a recap of the past Junior Nationals in Springfield, Missouri; and information on the 2017 Junior Nationals in Grand Island, Nebraska. Spencer Schrader, Kansas Charolais Association Vice-President and AICA Director, discussed the status of the AICA and the upcoming board meeting in October.
The last stop of the tour was a pasture tour at Myron Runft Charolais south of Belleville. The tour included both spring- and fall-calving pairs. Attendees were given data sheets and had the opportunity to walk through both herds.
Sincere thanks to the Myron Runft, Terrill and Sarah Strnad, and Russ and Darla Lewis families for hosting a great day.