BCI Highlights Graduate Student Research and Engages Audience at Cattlemen’s Day

By Audrey Hambright

BCI graduate student Erin Schwandt (right) visits with conference attendees about her research poster on display at Cattlemen’s Day.

BCI graduate student Erin Schwandt (right) visits with conference attendees about her research poster on display at Cattlemen’s Day.

The 102nd Kansas State University Cattlemen’s Day was host to a crowd numbering more than 500 beef industry enthusiasts on Friday, March 6 in Weber Hall. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with 73 exhibitors in the trade show area and view 23 research posters from students in both the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Prior to Friday’s events, the Mull Family of Great Bend, Kansas was honored as Stockmen of the Year at the 45th Annual Stockmen’s Dinner held Thursday evening. A large crowd was in attendance for the award presentation.

Among the research posters were displays from seven BCI graduate students. Each of their posters highlighted beef cattle research they had conducted during the previous year. Students were available for questions from cattle producers and conference attendees for the duration of event.

“Having a research poster on display at Cattlemen’s Day gives me a chance to interact with producers and share my research with those who will take the information home and use it to improve their herds,” said Tiffany Lee, BCI graduate student. “It is an invaluable experience to see such positive reaction from the people who will use this new knowledge in their every day practices.”

BCI staff and students strike a pose at the photo booth.

BCI staff and students strike a pose at the photo booth.

Those who stopped by the BCI booth might have noticed a less traditional approach to get the audience engaged. This year, BCI staff and students planned a photo booth to involve conference attendees in a different way. Not only could those passing by flash their smiles at the camera, but they could also show their support for the Kansas beef industry, agriculture and Beef Quality Assurance by holding up one of the many provided signs. To see the snapshots from the photo booth, visit the BCI Facebook page.