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DAIRY EXPORT UPSWING Play Audio



In recent years, there’s been a noticeable increase in dairy export business out of the U.S.  As K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) sees it, those export sales have been pivotal in keeping milk prices afloat.  Furthermore, he urges dairy producers to keep those export markets well in mind as they go about their management.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.
 

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Analyzing Summer Grazing Strategies



The Kansas Flint Hills have served as a home and food source for stocker cattle since the mid-1800s, when cowboys drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from the southwestern United States to Kansas railways. Flash forward to today: research from Kansas State University on this staple resource could help ensure profitable years ahead for stocker producers.


4/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Cattle Feeders College Set for May 14 in Scott City



The 2015 edition of the K-State Cattle Feeders College is planned for May 14 at the Scott County Indoor Arena and Activities Center, 610 E. Fairground Road in Scott City, Kansas.
4/16/2015 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.
4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM


Antibiotics and Livestock Feeding Play Audio



K-State swine nutritionist Mike Tokach offers another perspective on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock feeding, on the heels of efforts to limit that use because of human antibiotic resistance concerns...he talks about the stewardship the pork industry has already undertaken in view of the concerns, and why it remains imperative to preserve the availability of antibiotics for treatment of livestock illness.

4/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Wood Chips to Marinades: K-State’s Barbecue 101 Workshop Planned in Four Communities



Just in time for summer, Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for beginning and experienced grillers in four locations around the state.
4/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


Beef A-I Breeding Tips Play Audio



K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson goes over several guidelines for maximizing success with a beef A-I breeding program, with the emphasis on synchronization planning and handling of the A-I products and supplies themselves.

4/12/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor covers the latest developments in the cattle markets, noting the bearish price trends of this past week...he comments as well on the impact of the avian influenza situation and other factors that are currently hurting U.S beef exports.

4/12/2015 7:00:00 PM


Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day Planned in SE Kansas



A little bit of trade show and a lot of science-based information is planned for Kansas State University’s 2015 Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day in Mound Valley, Kansas on Thursday, May 7.
4/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


SILAGE PROCESSING METHOD Play Audio



It’s a long time until this year’s silage harvest, but K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk is inviting dairy producers to explore a new silage processing method that’s capturing quite a bit of attention now.  It’s called “shredlege”, and while little actual research has been done to date on its performance as a dairy feedstuff, Brook thinks it may well deserve a look.           

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd



An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent. Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, said the laboratory has confirmed a handful of cases this spring calving season in Kansas.
4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM


Masters in Agribusiness Update Play Audio



The manager of the Masters in Agribusiness program out of K-State, Deborah Kohl, talks about the next opportunity for agricultural professionals to take part in that distance education opportunity, which will be built around animal health themes.

4/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Feedlot Dust Concerns Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Mike Apley responds to a recently-released study of dust from west Texas feedlots, and whether that dust is carrying bacteria that's resistant to antibiotics...saying that there are scientific issues with that research...he also addresses where livestock production stands in the latest administration push to act on antibiotic resistance in human health.

4/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Tap into Water: Free Family Fun Day May 2 at Gardner City Lake



K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and the Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative are teaming up to offer a water education workshop for families on May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gardner City Lake. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of learning about and celebrating water.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ready, Set, Grill: K-State Will Host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 9 in Manhattan



Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 9 in Manhattan. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he comments on the escalating worries about drought, and the potential impact on the market trends...he also reports on the resiliency of domestic beef demand in the face of hefty competing meat supplies, and shares the USDA's latest beef export and import data.

4/5/2015 7:00:00 PM


Upcoming K-State Cattle Feeders College Sessions Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner looks ahead to a series of K-State Cattle Feeders College sessions, the first one coming up in May, which will focus on horsemanship in cattle feeding operations...it will also feature the "Top Hand" cattle feedlot employee awards, nominations for which are now being taken.

4/5/2015 7:00:00 PM


EARLY ALFALFA MANAGEMENT Play Audio



Though the first cutting is some weeks away, dairy producers should be checking out the condition of their alfalfa stands right now, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.  That forage resource, he says, is too valuable to jeopardize with early-season neglect.  This week, he talks about several management steps to take.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


K-State’s College of Agriculture Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead to a Productive Future



Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture aims to be a top-five agricultural college in the United States by 2025, and in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension, it intends to continue serving as a global destination for education, research and extension. Reaching this feat not only would benefit the university, but it would benefit the citizens of Kansas and beyond with immediate solutions to needs in agricultural production.


4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dan Atkisson - Lady Luck Ironworks



As the rodeo queen rides by, the light flashes from the fancy spurs which she wears on her boots.  These attractive spurs were created by a couple of cowboys from rural Kansas.
4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ready, Set, Grill: K-State Will Host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 2 in Olathe



Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 2 in Olathe. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.
3/30/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  among other things,  she talks about the prospect of putting cull cows on feed compared to outright marketing them at culling time, and comments on the USDA's latest hogs-and-pigs report and its implications for the cattle trade.

3/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


CONTENDING WITH CALF SCOURS Play Audio



It’s a common occurrence on dairy farms…scours disease in newborn calves.  The variable spring weather has a lot to do with that, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk, as does sanitation in calf management.  This week, Mike talks about steps to follow in keeping incidences of calf scours to a minimum.
 

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


Huck Boyd Institute to Present Leader of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Service



Outreach, innovation and service would be hallmarks of the five Kansas initiatives which are to be recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2015.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides insight on the cattle markets this week:  he comments on the numbers from the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed report released last Friday, and talks about the potential impact of the avian influenza situation in the poultry sector on domestic poultry supplies, and the ensuing effect on beef demand.

3/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


Contending With Neospora Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek discusses an often-overlooked pathogen that can cause abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers, called neospora: he talks about the nature of this affliction, and the options that cow-calf producers have in contending with it.

3/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


DAIRY LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS Play Audio



For a variety of reasons, good lighting around the dairy operation is important.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk suggests that producers re-evaluate their lighting systems now, before field work begins.  And he further recommends that replacing existing lighting with LED lighting would be more than worthwhile. 

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


A Growing Interest in Forage Sorghum



As winter soon comes to a close, it is never too early to start planning feedstuffs production for cattle next winter. Forage sorghum offers a variety of benefits that help secure its place as one of those major feedstuffs.

3/18/2015 8:00:00 AM