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Upgrading Cattle Handling Facilities Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner talks with Kate Hagans about upgrading cattle handling facilities, as the current economics of cattle production might allow for such an investment...he highlights the benefits of the "Bud box" facility layout in sorting and working cattle.

11/23/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers this week's insight on the cattle markets:  she'll go over the mildly bearish indications from the USDA's latest cattle-on-feed report last Friday, and remarks on the ability of the boxed beef trade to perform well in the face of the holiday demand for competing meats.

11/23/2014 6:00:00 PM

What Happened to all the Kansas-Grown Turkeys?

Kansas ranks around 20th in the number of turkeys raised compared to other states. That doesn’t seem too bad until you realize that 20th is still far less than 1 percent of all the 235 million turkeys grown in the United States each year. The leading states are Minnesota, North Carolina and Arkansas, according to data from the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
11/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


There is a new style of dairy milking device that producers might want to take a hard look at, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.  They feature transparent liners and shells, allowing the producer or milking operator to see directly what’s happening at the milking point of contact.  And that, says Brouk, can be advantageous in milk parlor management, as he outlines this week.

11/20/2014 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.
11/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

Sustainable Intensification, Part Two Play Audio

Jules Pretty talks about feeding an ever-expanding world population.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Sustainable Intensification, Part One Play Audio

A special guest on the K-State campus this week, University of Essex scientist and world-renowned expert on agricultural sustainability, Jules Pretty, talks about the concept of sustainable intensification in production agriculture, as a key to feeding an ever-expanding world population over the next several decades.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Livestock Operations Emergency Plan Workshops Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey discusses the idea of developing an emergency plan for livestock operations, which will be the theme of two K-State-sponsored workshops on emergency preparedness coming up in Salina and Dighton in early December...livestock producers and local emergency response personnel are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

11/16/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  he looks ahead to this Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and comments on advance-pricing calves to be marketed in 2015, before calf prices retreat from these historic highs.

11/16/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Future of Water Use and Conservation in Kansas Play Audio

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and the director of the Kansas Water Office, Tracy Streeter, comment on the latest draft of the "vision" for the future of water use and conservation in Kansas, and what it means to production agriculture...that draft was made public at the governor's water conference this week in Manhattan.

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk advises producers this week to practice good cow udder care during the harsh winter conditions that have arrived early. For preventing frozen teats, Brouk explains more about the appropriate use of teat dips. Providing comfortable bedding in barn facilities may also lessen the impact of the cold weather.                              

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM

Treating Musk Thistle Play Audio

K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick takes a look at the herbicide options for treating musk thistle in pastures in the fall, saying there's still an opportunity to do so, despite this week's cold blast...he cites recent field research he conducted on the residual control of musk thistle by the various herbicide products.

11/12/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Latest in Grassland Management Research Play Audio

NRCS range scientist Joel Brown, talks about the leading areas of interest in current grassland management research, and things that pasture managers need to think about in their longer-range grazing programs...he also talks about how the NRCS is working ecology management into its rangeland support programs.

11/12/2014 6:00:00 PM

FDA Official Highlights Hot Topics Including Changes in Antibiotic Use in Animals

Significant changes on the horizon for the animal health industry are reflected in three new documents now available, according to Sharon Benz, director of the Division of Animal Feeds within the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.
11/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

Preview of 2014 K-State Swine Day Play Audio

K-State swine specialist Jim Nelssen previews the 2014 K-State Swine Day, set for a week from tomorrow in Manhattan...highlighting the presentations that will be made on research advances against the devastating P-E-D virus that has pummeled the swine industry, and on the work being done at K-State to improve survivability of low-birth-weight pigs.

11/10/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University offers his take on the latest cattle market trends...he talks about the positive indications from the latest USDA beef export numbers, and comments on the likely increase in feeder cattle demand for wheat pasturing, as grazing conditions have improved in the southern plains.

11/9/2014 6:00:00 PM

Beef A-I Breeding Play Audio

K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson talks about the comparative costs of beef A-I breeding and natural service, saying that the economics of beef cattle production have changed to the point where A-I is now much more cost competitive with natural service than it has historically been.

11/9/2014 6:00:00 PM

Cargill Employees First to Complete Beef Cattle Transportation Education Training

Cargill employees were recently a part of the first trucking fleet to complete the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) Beef Cattle Transportation Education online training, which is housed and provided by the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.
11/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


2015 could well be a more rugged year economically for dairy producers, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook).  He’s advising producers to take stock of all aspects of their operation, and plan for tighter economic margins in the year ahead.  There are a couple of areas in particular that he suggests producers re-assess.

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM

Beef Genetics Symposium Highlights Play Audio

K-State beef cattle specialist Bob Weaber shares some of the innovative ideas in cattle reproduction management that were brought forth at a major beef genetics symposium last month in Oklahoma...he talks about some of the latest thinking on nutrition management for reproduction purposes, genetic selection strategies and implementation of A-I and estrous synchronization.

11/5/2014 6:00:00 PM

Checklist for Cow-Calf Producers Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek follows up with a checklist for cow-calf producers to consider now, in preparation for the calving season...that includes implementing a scours vaccination program in the very near future.

11/5/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State Offers New Course: Economic Issues in the Global Animal Health Industry

Kansas State University’s award-winning Master of Agribusiness program is offering an internet-based examination of the economics of the animal health and companion animal industry: AGEC 750, Economic Issues in the Global Animal Health Industry. The three-credit, online graduate course provides an interactive study of the economics and business challenges and opportunities facing the animal health and companion animal industry.
11/5/2014 8:00:00 AM

Livestock Water Management

K-State watershed specialist, Herschel George, talks about developing alternative watering sites for cattle, as another way of protecting water quality. See video
11/3/2014 8:00:00 AM

Legal Issues, Family Dynamics are Part of Upcoming Farm Succession Conferences

Dennis Metz admits it. He was resistant to some of the changes his sons wanted to make on the family’s dairy and crop farm near Wellington, Kansas.
11/3/2014 8:00:00 AM

Hogs and Antibiotics Play Audio

A visiting Fulbright scholar from Australia, John Pluske, talks about his current work with the K-State swine science team, studying antibiotic resistance in hogs associated with the use of alternative microbial feed additives, as well as the relationship between nutrition and disease in pigs in the absence of antimicrobial compounds.

11/2/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market insight:  he reviews the positive numbers from his beef demand index for the 3rd quarter, and talks about improvement in his latest cattle feeding profitability projections.

11/2/2014 6:00:00 PM


While not providing the lion’s share of returns to dairy production, fluid milk sales are nonetheless important to the dairy industry.  Recent numbers indicate that the decline in fluid milk consumption continues, although there’s a notable exception to that trend that the industry should be paying attention to, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.           

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM

Where Will the Animals Go? Emergency Preparedness Workshops Planned for Livestock Operations

It’s hard, thinking about the unthinkable. But disasters happen on livestock operations just like they do in homes and communities across the country.
10/30/2014 8:00:00 AM

Republican River Basin Agreements Play Audio

From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, Chris Beightel has the details on a pair of agreements the state of Kansas recently signed with the states of Nebraska and Colorado, in regard to use of water from the Republican River Basin...he explains what those agreements mean to crop irrigators in north-central and northwest Kansas.

10/29/2014 7:00:00 PM

New Book Delves into ‘Depolarizing Food and Agriculture’

Conventional versus organic? Local production or global food sourcing? For one reason or another, those involved in growing and raising our food are often at odds with one another.
10/29/2014 8:00:00 AM