By: Mary Lou Peter, K-State Research & Extension News
It’s been the scene of breakthrough research in beef cattle management, genetics and technology and this year, the K-State Agricultural Research Center – Hays, Kan., will host the 100th edition of Roundup on Thursday, April 17.
"Roundup is the major beef cattle education and outreach event sponsored by the research center," said John Jaeger, beef cattle scientist at the center. "It’s been held every year since 1914 with the exception of 1945 when German prisoners of war were housed in the livestock research area."
Roundup is where the game-changing ultrasound technology invented by K-State researcher John Brethour was unveiled, as well as research results covering everything from nutrition, weaning, use of growth promoting implants and re-implanting, the heritability of feedlot gain by comparing the performance of half-sib bulls and more.
Results of the center’s beef cattle research have been reported to the agricultural community through an ongoing series of publications that began with a mimeographed circular in 1913, Jaeger said.
Roundup reports have been published almost every year, making it one of the longest series published by any public research agency.
"We’ve come a long way since western Kansas was regarded as suitable only for growing stocker cattle and shipping feeders to eastern Kansas and demonstrating that high-concentrate finishing rations were desirable. Prior to that research, rations that were more concentrated than one part silage to one part grain were suspect," Jaeger said.
"We look forward to seeing long-time friends and meeting new ones as we celebrate our first 100 years of finding ways to help producers stay competitive," Jaeger said, noting that Roundup is free and open to the public. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided.
This year’s Roundup starts in the auditorium of the research center at 1232 240th Ave. in Hays at 9 a.m., with registration and a commercial trade show. The program begins at 10 a.m. and includes:
- A Brief History of the Fort Hays Experiment Station/Agricultural Research Center – Robert Gillen, Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center (WKARC) department head.
- A Chronology of Significant Beef Research Highlights in the First 100 Years – John Jaeger, WKARC beef cattle scientist.
- Public Value of the Agricultural Experiment Station – J. Ernest Minton, K-State Agricultural Experiment Station associate director.
- Beef-Cattle Outlook: Herd Expansion, Domestic Beef Demand and Export Updates – Glenn Tonsor, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist.
- Comparing Season Long Stocking and Intensive Early Stocking Strategies in Western Kansas – Keith Harmoney, WKARC range scientist.
- Effects of Weaning Method on Weaning- and Growing-Phase Performance by Early Weaned Steers – Garrett Preedy, K-State animal science and industry and WKARC graduate student.
- Performance of Pregnant Beef Cows Limit-Fed Diets Containing Wheat Straw Ammoniated with Two Rates of Anhydrous Ammonia and Wet Distillers Grain – Justin Waggoner, K-State Research and Extension beef systems specialist.
- Recent Weather: A Look at What has Happened and What is in Store – Jeff Hutton, National Weather Service meteorologist, Dodge City.
More information about the 2014 Roundup and about K-State’s Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center is available at the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers (WKARC).