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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.
10/1/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

9/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


More From the 2014 K-State Beef Stocker Field Day... Play Audio



More from the 2014 K-State Beef Stocker Field Day last Thursday...Kate Hagans talks with two K-State watershed specialists: Ron Graber, about making beef calf housing and handling sites more conducive to preventing runoff into nearby water resources; and Hershel George, about developing alternative watering sites for cattle, as another way of protecting water quality.

9/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Food Animal Production Faces Challenges with New Antibiotic Regulations



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that revised labels established according to Guidance Documents #209 and #213 will go into effect in December 2016.  There will also be new regulations regarding how veterinarians will authorize the use of medically important antibiotics in the feed of food animals.
9/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


New Antibiotics Regulations for Beef Cattle Producers... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Mike Apley talks about beef producer adjustments to the phase-out of antibiotic use for cattle growth, and the concern that regulations could further restrict the use of antibiotics for preventative and therapeutic purposes

9/28/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

9/28/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.
 

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


DAIRY SAFETY AWARENESS Play Audio



Safety should always be a top priority on the dairy, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk. And as the pace ramps up even further in the fall, producers are advised to troubleshoot for potential hazards and correct them.  Brouk also talks this week about assuring that dairy employees are up to speed on safety practices.                                        

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


BVD Testing Could Pay Off Big



The name of the disease is somewhat misleading. Although symptoms of this problematic virus—bovine viral diarrhea, or BVD—in beef herds include respiratory disease, and of course, diarrhea, it can lead to even greater problems for beef producers.
9/25/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/24/2014 7:00:00 PM


Dairy Margin Protection Program... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Robin Reed goes over a new facet of the USDA commodity programs, developed for dairy producers to help them manage their risk, called the Dairy Margin Protection Program...she talks about how it differs from the previous price-support mechanism, and points to a new spreadsheet tool that producers can use in their enrollment decisions.

9/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  she reflects on last Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and talks about feedlots that may be using some of their excess capacity for developing replacement heifers, and how that figures into the feedlot count.

9/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


CULLING OPEN COWS Play Audio



Here in the fall is a good time for dairy operators to consider what they’ll do about any open cows they have in the herd.  Should they keep those cows around for another breeding cycle, or bring in heifers as replacements?  The economics of that are worth considering, as K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) outlines this week.                                                     

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


Beef Quality Assurance Update, Fall Training Opportunities... Play Audio



The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, looks at the accomplishments to date of the Beef Quality Assurance certification program for cattle producers, in promoting good stewardship in beef production at the farm and ranch level...he also talks about upcoming B-Q-A training sessions for Kansas producers this fall and winter.

9/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Fall Herbicide Treatments of Serecia Lespedeza... Play Audio



K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick has the latest information on fall herbicide treatments of serecia lespedeza, a noxious weed that has proliferated throughout a large part of Kansas now...he talks about herbicide selection and the recommended timing of those applications.

9/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

9/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas Beef Council to Host Free BQA Training Sessions



The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University and the Kansas Beef Council are partnering to host four advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions in Kansas during October. The Beef Checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers and veterinarians with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safety. The training sessions will be led by the Beef Cattle Institute’s Dan Thomson, DVM, Ph.D.; Chris Reinhardt, Ph.D.; and Dave Rethorst, DVM.
9/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.
 

9/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


Beef Cattle: Time to Track Cow Body Condition Scores... Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson discusses the merits of tracking cow body condition scores at this point of the production season, as a guide to managing the cow-calf herd into the fall and winter.

9/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


New Cow-Calf Publications Available... Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses cow-calf management when pasture is limited, as well as managing the cow herd in a drylot situation...both topics are covered in new Extension publications from K-State.

9/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he looks ahead to the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed report coming out later this week, and looks back at the USDA's latest crop production report and what that signifies to the cattle trades.

9/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


EVENLY MIXED RATIONS Play Audio



Many dairies utilize total mixed rations, or T-M-Rs, as their herd nutrition approach of choice.  Research has shown that often, those rations are mixed unevenly, resulting in uneven nutritional distribution throughout the herd.  And, as K-State diary specialist Mike Brouk outlines this week, corn silage is frequently at the root of that problem.   

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



News briefs from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Alleviating Chronic Pain in Beef Cattle... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Butch Kukanich and Iowa State veterinarian Hans Coetzee talk about the new  protocol they've developed for alleviating chronic pain in cattle, particularly after they've been worked, which has been found to improve the eventual performance of those cattle....this is being touted as a possible alternative to antibiotic use in cattle health management.

9/10/2014 7:00:00 PM