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KANSAS DAIRY PRODUCTION Play Audio



Newly released statistics show that the Kansas dairy industry is on the rise, in terms of size of the state’s milking herd and the amount of milk produced.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) goes over the numbers, and tells how Kansas stacks up with other dairy states in several production categories.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Keep Corn Particle Size in Mind to Enhance Feedlot Efficiency



Ask cattle producers how they grind corn used in their animals’ diets, and the responses would likely range from fine, to medium, to coarse. Although there isn’t a standard in place to determine what equates as finely ground corn compared to medium or coarsely ground, corn particle size can affect digestibility and how cattle efficiently use the grain for energy and growth.


2/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Lameness in Cattle? There’s An App For That... Play Audio



The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, tells of new informational computer app, designed in large part by the institute, which can help cattle producers manage lameness in cattle, which centers on locomotion scoring and diagnostic guidelines for treating a lameness problem..

2/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
2/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ag Law Update... Play Audio



Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen goes over several new court rulings of interest to farmers and ranchers, including a decision on a dispute over changing cropland rental rates within a multi-year lease agreement.
 

2/24/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/24/2015 6:00:00 PM


March 3 Grazing School Features ‘300 Days of Grazing’



Forage specialist John Jennings of the University of Arkansas, will be the guest speaker at the Grazing School II workshop in Holton, Kansas on March 3.
2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Beef Sire Selection Guidelines (Part 1 of 2)... Play Audio



In the first part of an extended discussion of beef sire selection guidelines (ahead of the spring breeding season) with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber, he goes through a checklist of considerations when shopping for new bulls at this spring's seedstock sales.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


Beef Sire Selection Guidelines (Part 2 of 2)... Play Audio



The conclusion of an extended discussion of beef sire selection guidelines (ahead of the spring breeding season) with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber.  Bob explains why calving ease is the number-one EPD value to consider when selecting bulls for replacement heifer breeding, and explains the added value of using maternal calving ease EPDs...he also goes over the use of breed selection indexes as a primary tool for sire selection.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers insight on the cattle markets:  he discusses the importance of the Pacific Coast port labor settlement to the cattle markets, saying the beef backlog there contributed notably to the recent weakness in the markets...he also shares his latest projections on cattle feedlot returns for the next several months.

2/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Beef Bulls: It’s Almost Time... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek discusses beef bull management from now until spring breeding season, running bulls through a complete breeding soundness examination, and assuring that any new bulls brought in are clear of any potential disease problems before they are added to the herd.

2/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


MASTITIS CONTROL PLAN Play Audio



Before you dairy producers get tied up with spring fieldwork, you should take some time to reassess the mastitis control program for your herd.  Have your past efforts to thwart mastitis problems been effective?  And if not, what could be done differently this year to address the situation?  This week, K-State Research and Extension dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) offers some guidance on this.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


TIFFANY CATTLE COMPANY Play Audio



When an old Army air base near Herington was transformed into a beef cattle feed yard, it altered the lives of a man and his two sons.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how two brothers took over a thriving business from their father.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Register Now for Cattleman’s Day at K-State... Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi goes over the entire agenda for the 102nd Cattleman's Day at K-State, set for Friday, March 6th on the campus...the keynote speaker for which will be an executive with the world's largest fast-food chain, talking about the sustainability of beef production from the consumer's viewpoint.

2/18/2015 6:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

2/18/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Shane Tiffany - Part 1



“From bombs to bovines.” That sounds like an unusual transition, and it is. It describes a transformation of a former Army air base in central Kansas which became a cattle feedlot and is now part of one of the state’s leading cattle operations.
2/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/17/2015 6:00:00 PM


Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’



Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity, will speak at Kansas State University at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Arnot will present, “Size Matters: Why We Love to Hate ‘Big Food.’” The presentation examines the relationship development and pattern of trust that consumers have with food and those who produce it.
2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Give Chickens a Home They Can Cluck About



It’s coming, if we wait a bit longer. This chilly time of year our thoughts turn to spring activities, like planting flowers and vegetables, and for some, buying a few chickens.
2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

2/16/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Report... Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers her thoughts on the current cattle market trends, and shares information she's been presenting at beef producer meetings this winter on re-growing the cow-calf herd and on creating new profit centers in the cattle operation to accommodate returning family members.

2/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


DAIRY FLY CONTROL Play Audio



One upside of the winter is that fly activity in and around dairy operations is non-existent.  Spring is coming soon, however, and with it, emergence of those flies that can impede dairy herd performance in an assortment of ways.  That’s why K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) is encouraging dairy producers to start taking action soon to reduce that fly pressure.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM