LEXINGTON, Ky. — Beef Bash 2019, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, will take place Sept. 26 at the UK C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will host the event.
Since 2008, the bash has been at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, but organizers wanted to reach more producers. Going forward, Beef Bash will annually rotate between the Western and Central Kentucky locations.
“Research and outreach efforts such as Beef Bash are an important means of providing up-to-date information to cattle producers,” said Benjamin Crites, UK Beef IRM program coordinator. “This is Kentucky’s premier beef field day, and we will have something for all producers, from those just starting out to those who’ve been in the industry for decades.”
Participants will have a chance to see all the beef research facilities at the UK farm and enjoy an interactive, lightly structured, come-and-go field day.
Hands-on activities, demonstrations and educational exhibits will be scattered around the beef research unit. A large tent will house commercial exhibits and serve as a focal point for activities. Research and extension specialists, extension agents and industry representatives will be on hand to answer questions.
“This field day is a great opportunity to learn more about current issues and to talk with fellow beef cattle producers,” Crites said. “We will have various how-to demonstrations related to extending the grazing season, evaluating cattle feet/leg structure, utilizing coproduct feeds, mineral interactions, composting management and infrastructure design. We’ll spend more time doing than talking.”
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and programs and tours start at 9 a.m. No preregistration is required, and lunch will be available for purchase. The bash concludes at 3 p.m.