The University of Kentucky College of Agricultureand the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association will host Beef Bash 2010, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, Sept. 23, at the Research and Education Center in Princeton.

This is the second time for this field day, which had a successful first offering in 2008. Nearly 500 people attended the inaugural event, which also included 30 commercial exhibitors.   

Research and outreach efforts such as Beef Bash are an important means of providing up-to-date information to cattle producers, said Roy Burris, UK Extension beef specialist.

"With the Beef Bash, we offer a field day that features more hands-on opportunities and more live cattle exhibits than the typical field day," Burris said.

These hands-on demonstrations will give participants an up close look at timely topics including dead animal composting, hay quality (sampling, testing and feeding), alternative feed storage and fall pasture management.

Burris notes that Beef Bash will feature meaningful beef cattle research that is practical for Kentucky cowherds and will also have commercial exhibitors featuring new beef cattle-related products.

Dave Maples, executive vice-president of the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, agrees the field day will be a great opportunity for beef producers to visit the UK beef research station and talk with the researchers and fellow cattlemen about their industry.

"This field day is a good opportunity to learn more about the current issues we are facing in the beef industry," Maples said.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. CDT with field exhibits and demonstrations beginning at 10:00 a.m. A meal will be available for purchase the day of the event. No pre-registration is required. 

The UK Research and Education Center is on Ky. 91 South, 1.5 miles southeast of the Caldwell County Courthouse in Princeton. 

For more information contact either Roy Burris at 270-365-7541, ext. 208 or by e-mail at mailto:rburris@uky.edu or a localUK Cooperative Extension Service office. You may also visit http://ces.ca.uky.edu/beefirm/bash/ for more detailed information on exhibits and demonstrations.