K-State home » K-State Research and Extension »  News  » RSS Feeds » Livestock, Meat Production and Marketing
K-State Research and Extension News
Livestock, Meat Production and Marketing

Precision Agriculture Technology Play Audio



A featured speaker at the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension this week:  former Oklahoma State University cropping systems specialist and now a producer and consultant in northeast Colorado, Chad Godsey, talks about practical adaptation of precision agricultural technology by farmers, and what he sees as the lead technology interests in the central plains region.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


UDDER DIPPING PRODUCTS Play Audio



Cold and damp winter conditions can quickly lead to problems with milk cow udders…which, in turn, can translate into higher somatic cell counts in the milk.  Selecting the right pre-and-post milking udder dipping products can help prevent that from occurring.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk talks about some dip product alternatives to consider.                            

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Addressing Weak Calf Syndrome



The word “syndrome” can be defined as a concurrence, a pattern of events occurring together due to known or unknown causes. When veterinarians use the word, it usually means the latter. Many different possibilities could cause a syndrome in animals, said Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming Hog Production Teleconferences Play Audio



K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey has the details on two educational opportunities for hog producers starting in February, conducted via teleconference with on-line support materials:  SowBridge and PorkBridge.  Experts from K-State and 10 other land-grant universities will address numerous herd health and management topics relevant to swine operations during these monthly and bi-monthly sessions, respectively.

1/21/2015 6:00:00 PM


Opinions Sought on Feral Hog Control



When wildlife populations bloom or problems arise from certain wildlife species, an allowance for sport hunting might come immediately to mind as a potential solution. Letting the hunters help by decreasing the numbers makes sense, right?


1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


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.
1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Farm Bill - Part One Play Audio



K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter:  he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM


Farm Bill - Part Two Play Audio



K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby continues his overview of the Farm Bill.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM


Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition Play Audio



K-State irrigation engineer Dan Rogers previews the 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition taking place in Colby in mid-February, co-sponsored by K-State...he talks about several of the highlighted topics to be addressed in the multiple technical sessions at that conference.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers this week's cattle market commentary:  she remarks on last week's drastic downturn in most segments of the cattle markets, and whether the markets will right themselves this week...she also looks at the announced change in tariff status for Australian beef entering Japan, and how that might affect U.S. beef exports into that country.

1/18/2015 6:00:00 PM


Fighting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Play Audio



K-State swine veterinarian Steve Dritz talks about a new series of instructional videos for hog producers on feed biosecurity, as an important part of combatting porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in swine herds.

1/18/2015 6:00:00 PM


Serving on a Board or Want to? Board Leadership Workshops Planned



Non-profits, school districts, churches and other organizations have one thing in common. They typically have a group of people – a board of directors – working behind the scenes to support and determine the direction of the organization.
1/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


USDA Programs Update Play Audio



The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, talks about several timely USDA program items:  the upcoming deadline for applying for the Livestock Disaster Assistance program, the opportunities to learn more about making the long-term crop program decision within the new commodity title, and the option for terminating Conservation Reserve Program contracts early.

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


SILAGE STARCH AVAILABILITY Play Audio



It’s one of the finer points of dairy cow nutrition, and more directly, feeding corn silage to the milking herd.  That silage serves as an important source of starch, which relates directly to milk production.  And that starch needs to be readily available in the cow’s rumen to gain its benefits.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk talks about assuring that one’s corn silage is meeting that objective.

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


SowBridge Pork Producer Sessions to Start in early February



The first of 12 monthly SowBridge 2015 distance education sessions is Feb. 4 and organizers are encouraging quick signups so subscribers will have the materials they need in time for the first session. The programs, designed for anyone who is managing sows, boars or pig litters, include information on swine identification; PEDv; temperature management of sows and piglets; on-farm necropsies; fostering litters; feeding the lactating and weaning sow; and more.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Cover Crops for Cattle Grazing Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses utilizing cover crops for cattle grazing:  what research says about the impact of grazing on soil compaction, and about cattle gains from cover crop forage...she shares early data from an ongoing study of cover crop grazing in east-central Kansas.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM


Cattle Prices Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor follows with findings of a new K-State analysis of the premiums and discounts paid for beef calves and yearlings...and how the cost of gain and fed cattle prices influence the price relationship between the two...Glynn says this important for all segments of cattle production to be familiar with.

1/11/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:   in addition to covering last week's cash and futures cattle market action, he shares some thoughts he'll be presenting at a cattle producer seminar later this month on reinvesting recent profits from cattle production back into the operation.

1/11/2015 6:00:00 PM


Body Condition Scoring of the Cow-Calf Herd Play Audio



K-State beef cattle nutritionist Chris Reinhardt goes over the use of body condition scoring for nutritional management of the cow-calf herd ahead on spring calving...and whether a cow with a lower-than-desirable score right now can get caught up nutritionally before she calves.

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM


DAIRY EMPLOYEE RELATIONS Play Audio



The start of a new year is a great time for dairy producers to re-evaluate their working relationships with their employees.  Job satisfaction often goes well beyond the paycheck, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.  This week, he offers several items that managers should consider, toward promoting a content dairy workforce.

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM


PorkBridge Distance Education Sessions Start Feb. 5



The distance education series, PorkBridge 2015 begins Feb. 5 with several sessions planned throughout the year. This year’s programs include procedures for cleaning up after swine diseases, starting pigs after arrival, controlling pests, and others presented by university and industry experts.
1/8/2015 8:00:00 AM


Addressing Weak Calf Syndrome and Other Herd Disease Problems - Part Two Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek tackles a couple of timely herd health topics of interest to cow-calf producers:  he reports on numerous cases of weak calf syndrome that are turning up in Kansas now, and what is at the core of that problem, along with what producers need to do to help a newborn calf recover from that condition...he also offers several suggestions on assuring that a cow-calf producer doesn't bring "purchased" disease problems into the operation when integrating new breeding stock into the herd this spring.

1/7/2015 6:00:00 PM


Addressing Weak Calf Syndrome and Other Herd Disease Problems - Part One Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek tackles a couple of timely herd health topics of interest to cow-calf producers:  he reports on numerous cases of weak calf syndrome that are turning up in Kansas now, and what is at the core of that problem, along with what producers need to do to help a newborn calf recover from that condition...he also offers several suggestions on assuring that a cow-calf producer doesn't bring "purchased" disease problems into the operation when integrating new breeding stock into the herd this spring

1/7/2015 6:00:00 PM


Top 10 Ag Law and Taxation Developments of 2014 - Part One Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers the top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2014, saying that several of those will spill over into this new year, with monumental implications for agricultural producers and rural dwellers.

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM


Top 10 Ag Law and Taxation Developments of 2014 - Part Two Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers the top 10 agricultural law and taxation developments of 2014.

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM


Upcoming USDA Commodity Program Seminars Play Audio



K-State agricultural economists Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby talk about the series of USDA commodity program seminars that K-State will be hosting throughout Kansas this month and next...these will offer crop producers guidance in selecting their program option for the next five years, outlining in detail how the Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Supplemental Coverage Option all work.

1/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


Finding Best Ways to Safeguard Beef Production in Changing Climate



Under a bright blue, fall Oklahoma sky in a serene setting, cattle are doing what cattle do – quietly moving through a pasture looking for the next best thing to eat. As they graze, instruments are recording how much methane they are producing.


1/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


Finding Best Ways to Safeguard Beef Production in Changing Climate



Under a bright blue, fall Oklahoma sky in a serene setting, cattle are doing what cattle do – quietly moving through a pasture looking for the next best thing to eat. As they graze, instruments are recording how much methane they are producing.
1/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio



The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he shares the LMIC's updated quarterly fed and feeder cattle market forecasts, looks at the latest expectations for competing meat production in 2015, and comments on the recent volatility in the cattle futures trades.

1/4/2015 6:00:00 PM