September 23, 2019 | By: Aimee Nielson

Producers in the backgrounding sector of the beef cattle industry manage calves through the transition period between weaning and feedlot placement. Producers in this sector rely heavily on forages and grains to increase cattle weights and immunity before they enter the feedlot. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will offer a two-day short course aimed at background producers who want to gain knowledge through classroom and hands-on learning experiences.

The 2019 Southeast Backgrounding Conference is Oct. 9-10 at UK’s C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles. It will focus on post-weaning management of feeder cattle.

“Because of our abundant, quality forages that equate to efficient gains, the backgrounding industry is a good fit for Kentucky cattle producers,” said Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK extension beef specialist. “We are cramming a lot into this two-day course and believe that producers will be able to put the information to use now and in the future.”

The course will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. EDT Oct. 9 and will include topics such as bunk management, health risk management, vaccination protocols, cattle processing, confinement considerations, feeds and feeding, developing a feeding program, ration balancing, ruminant digestion, health diagnostic tools and best management practices. Even more sessions include feed mixing and management, cattle handling equipment, heifer development, disposition impact on performance, technology tools and enterprise budgets. The course concludes at 4 p.m. Oct. 10.

Registration is limited to the first 30 individuals and is $50 per person. Registration ends Oct. 1. Participants may register online at or send payment to Ben Crites, 821B W.P. Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546. Additional course sponsors include the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky Beef Integrated Resources Management and the Kentucky Beef Network.