The Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program is a joint effort between K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to provide research-based best management protocols for beef cattle producers. This program is for Kansas producers who want to improve their management techniques and marketability of heifers.
With the reduction in total cows numbers occurring in the United States, cattle producers who offer a value-added product have the opportunity to be at the fore-front of filling this void in cow numbers.
The purpose of this program is to provide cattle producers “best management” guidelines for replacement heifers and provide educational opportunities for improvement in revenue, reproductive success, and longevity within their cattle operation.
Producers involved in this program will work with their veterinarian, local extension agent, and livestock markets to generate a quality product for sale, but even more importantly, a strong program that should improve the revenue and longevity of heifers that have had proper management.
The primary areas of emphasis in this program include:
- Vaccination and health guidelines
- Reproductive management tools to improve breeding success
- Evaluation of sires to minimize calving difficulty
- Marketing opportunities
- Data collection and management for improved herd records
This website will provide information on the program requirements and contact information for your local Ag Extension agent and current research to help with management decisions.