Stroberg Land & Cattle to host Kansas Ranch Field Day

Aug 14, 2009
by WLJ

A session on how the cattle industry is addressing challenges from animal rights groups will highlight the program Aug. 25 during a field day hosted by Stroberg Land & Cattle at the Jon Mollhagen family’s Reno Ranch near Hutchinson, KS. The host operation, owned by the David Stroberg family, revolves around a commercial cow/calf herd and a dryland and irrigated farming business. This will be the second of three ranch management field days presented by the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and Kansas State University (K- State).

Tom Noffsinger, renowned instructor for the cattle-handling techniques pioneered by Bud Williams, will be on hand to demonstrate the principles of low-stress management. Noffsinger will give a live demonstration of the “pressure and release” approach during his presentation. Another educational session will focus on brush and tree control in native pastures.

Woody encroachment reduces forage for grazing and wildlife habitat for grassland-dependent wildlife species. Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist David Kraft will discuss the scope of tree and brush invasion and why it is occurring.

Attendees also will hear from K-State veterinarian Larry Hollis about the reproductive and fertility problems trichomoniasis can cause for cowherds. He will give an overview of the health threat, including how it infects cowherds, and provide management tips for preventing this disease.

The Hutchinson field day will begin with registration at 3:30 p.m. and conclude with a free beef dinner at 7:00 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend.

The Reno Ranch is located near Hutchinson at 2408 W. 95th Street. From the north, go south on Highway 61 toward Hutchinson. At 56th Street, go west about 5.5 miles to Hendricks Street, then go north to 82nd Street.

From 82nd and Hendricks, go 1 mile west to Pennington Road, then north 1 mile to 95th Street. Go east about one-half mile to the field day location. From Highway 96, take the 4th Avenue exit. Go east about 1.5 miles to Hendricks Street, then north about 6 miles to 82nd Street.

From 82nd and Hendricks, go 1 mile west to Pennington Road, then north 1 mile to 95th Street, then east one half mile. Directional signs will be posted.

KLA and K-State also will host ranch management field days Aug. 20 at Dry Creek Ranch near Olsburg, KS, and Aug. 27 at the Ken and Barb Grecian operation near Palco, KS. For more information, go to or call 785/ 273-5115. — WLJ