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Non-confined feeding sites: Assisting producers with site selection and planning

cattle eat from a bunk at a non-confined feeding site

This training session took place on Thursday, May 7. The presentation, which can be downloaded, focused on how specialists and agents can assist producers with their needs and the justification in moving and/or improving non-confined feeding sites. Topics included water quality issues, site selection, extraneous drainage, bunk space/head, distance to streams, topography/terraces, buffer size, and geotextile feed pads.

For those who were unable to join us, a video recording of the training is available. For extension agents, these recordings can be found on the Natural Resources Channel in the KSRE Resources Team on Microsoft Teams. For any others who are interested in watching the training, please contact KCARE for the video link.



Alternative Winter Feeding Strategies for Beef Cattle Management 
Using Geotextiles for Feeding and Traffic Surfaces
Managing Stable Fly Production at Pasture Feeding Sites
How Feeding Site Mud and Temperature Affect Animal Performance
Non-confined Beef Cattle Feeding Sites


Will Boyer smiles at the camera in front of a tree

Will Boyer, KCARE Watershed Specialist

Hershel George, wearing a hat, stands near a solar panel and smiles at someone off camera

Herschel George, KCARE Watershed Specialist, retired


Jody HolthausMeadowlark Extension District Agent

Brian ReesLyon County Extension Agent

Pat Murphy, Kansas State University

Joe Harner, Kansas State University