The Kansas Cattle Drive was started so that ranchers, K-State Research and Extension, the agriculture industry, FFA, and general public can all come together and learn what's happening in the beef industry across the Midwest. We are hosting ranches from across Kansas on Main Street in Buhler  on Feb. 18.

These ranches will bring a representation of their herds to showcase in portable catch pens near the high school. There will be plenty to do inside or out regardless of temperature. You can visit the growing trade show while listening to live music.  We will also have speakers on three different stages this year.

We will have Chef Alli and Debbie Lyons-Blythe doing a cooking demonstration while talking about life on the ranch.  Justin Talley will be presenting on pests and control in beef.   KC Olson will be presenting on fall burning of native pastures to control sericea lespedeza.

Montana Stockman Curt Pate will join us this year.  For more than a decade, Curt Pate has conducted demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting and ranch horsemanship throughout North America and Europe. A nationally recognized stockmanship instructor, Pate teaches techniques on how to put the proper pressure on cattle at a different angle and at varying amounts to help move them comfortably and without a negative experience – for the stockman or the livestock.   Curt will be in the Kansas Cattle Drive’s new Demo Arena twice throughout the day.  One demo will be called Horsemanship for Stockmanship and the last will be Cattle Handling on Foot. 

If you have kids, or are just a kid at heart, come visit the FFA Fun Zone where there will be plenty to do for all ages.  Come get your picture with Willie the Wildcat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also, plan on eating at the food trucks parked just south of the high school or go to downtown Buhler and visit all the shopping and dining attractions the small town is packed with.

We have a great line up of these speakers and more throughout the day - you won't want to miss it!

— Ryan Flaming is a Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. Agriculture is his specialty. The Harvey County Extension Office can be contacted at 284-6930