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Research indicates that about two-thirds of the infections seen in fresh animals in the dairy herd actually develop during the dry period. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk offers several tips dairy producers can follow to prevent new infections during the dry cow period.

4/17/2014 7:00:00 PM

Kansas State Professor Leads Group Making Recommendations on Climate Change Mitigation

The latest assessment of global climate change is out and scientists from around the world have recommended changes including some in agriculture, forestry and other land use designed to mitigate their effects on climate change. 

Video Interview  and  Audio Interview available

4/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken: What Landowners Should Know

Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recently announced the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
4/17/2014 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.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Armstrong - Havensville Living History Day

The little girl’s eyes grew big as she pumped the foot pedal and fed yarn into the loom.  As the loom moved back and forth, the little girl gazed in amazement. For the first time in her life, she was creating a rug before her eyes. It is the type of wonderful experience which one can find at the annual Living History Day in Havensville.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State’s Sheep and Goat Conference Planned May 2-4

Kansas State University will host its Sheep and Goat Conference May 2-4 in Weber Hall on the Manhattan campus.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

Scours in Beef Calves Prevalent this Spring

Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the No. 1 neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.

4/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State entomologist Ludek Zurek... Play Audio

K-State entomologist Ludek Zurek reports on his new study of insects' role in carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria from one point to the other, including from livestock production facilities to the urban environment...his work confirming that insects are, in fact, vectoring that bacteria, but not only from food animal production.

4/13/2014 7:00:00 PM

Livestock economist Derrell Peel... Play Audio

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  he says that all phases of the cattle trade appear to be peaking out now, and he'll comment on how much downside there might be for prices ahead...he also talks about the continuing effect of P-E-D virus in hog production on retail pork prices, which in turn influences beef demand.

4/13/2014 7:00:00 PM

THE 2014 FORAGE SEASON... Play Audio

As we move into spring, winter annuals are starting to develop out in the fields and alfalfa is starting to break dormancy. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk says producers should be taking an inventory now of the stored forages they have available for the summer months. This week, he discusses several forage options and alternatives for producers who think they’ll need additional forage.

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM

‘Beefing Up Your Future’ to be Presented at K-State April 28

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Looking to bridge the gap between agriculture and consumers, the Kansas State University student organization, Food for Thought, presents the Upson Lecture Series on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. This edition of the lecture series will host Kansas State University alumnus and entrepreneur Lee Borck. He will address the K-State and Manhattan communities in Frick Auditorium, located in Mosier Hall of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
4/10/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt... Play Audio

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt talks about the Beef Quality Assurance training program, stressing how important it is for each cattle producer to go through that training, which can be done completely online at the producer's convenience...he says that BQA certification will continue to be extremely important in the beef production sector.

4/9/2014 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dennis Vanderpool - Associated Youth Services

A young woman is going through nurses’ training. As she prepares for a career helping others, it is cause to reflect on a time when she needed help herself. She is “giving back” for the care she received as a child. This is one of the success stories of the foster care provided across Kansas by Associated Youth Services
4/9/2014 8:00:00 AM

Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day Set for May 1

Topics ranging from dried distillers grains to fescue to alfalfa and more will be covered at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day on Thursday, May 1 at the Mound Valley Community Center, located at 505 Hickory Street.
4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis... Play Audio

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis offers several pre-pasturing season thoughts for cow-calf and stocker producers, in light of the potential for continued dry weather stress on pastures...he talks mineral supplementation strategies, planning for alternate water sources, and making contingency plans for early-weaning calves.

4/6/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor... Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he talks about the ongoing positive signals for both domestic and export beef demand, and tells of a recent update to K-State's Beef Replacement decision aid for producers to use when contemplating herd expansion.

4/6/2014 7:00:00 PM


A dairy near Garden City – with approximately 6,400 cows and 7,000 replacement animals – has been named the 2014 Kansas Distinguished Dairy. According to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk,  the dairy emphasizes taking care of its animals and its employees. The dairy has also been recognized for its conservation efforts and is involved in community activities, including starting a 4-H program for their employees’ children.

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Mike Hilderbrand - Roto-Mix

Getting the mix just right. That’s vital, whether one is a cook, a chemist, a cattle feeder, a basketball team – or a business. Today we meet a Kansas company which has become a national leader in making mixers for livestock feed and more. 
4/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State Selling Several Chicken Breeds

Kansas State University’s Poultry and Gamebird Research and Teaching Center is selling several breeds of pullets on Saturday, April 19. The young hens have been raised from hatch and selected for high egg production.
4/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

Shortening the Breeding and Calving Season

Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season are often the heaviest in their contemporary group at weaning, and that advantage often carries through to harvest, if the producer retains ownership. The shorter the calving period, the more uniform those calves are going to be, said Sandy Johnson, beef cattle specialist for K-State Research and Extension.
4/1/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek... Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about numerous episodes of scours disease turning up in beef calves this spring, and why that condition remains so prevalent...he discusses in particular the importance of selecting the proper electrolyte solution for re-hydrating those scours-stressed calves.

3/31/2014 7:00:00 PM

Women Managing Farm Conference

Participants at the Women Managing The Farm conference talk about they learned during the conference. See video
3/31/2014 8:00:00 AM

Livestock economist Kate Brooks... Play Audio

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market analysis:  she comments on the apparent hike in packer competition for cattle, the demand for grass cattle evident in the feeder cattle market, and the spillover impact of the USDA's hogs and pigs report last Friday on the cattle trade.

3/30/2014 7:00:00 PM

Bob Gillen, Agricultural Research Center at Hays... Play Audio

The head of K-State's Agricultural Research Center at Hays, Bob Gillen, and the center's beef cattle scientist, John Jaeger, preview the 100th Beef Research Roundup taking place at the center on Thursday, April 17th...in addition to outlining the agenda for that special event, they'll reflect on the historical accomplishments of the center in beef cattle research.

3/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


In looking at efficiency, dairy producers often consider the milk produced versus the amount of feed the cows consume. However, producers are trying to produce pounds of fat and pounds of protein – the nutrients that humans need. So, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk says producers should consider implementing a method called energy corrected milk. He says this may be more accurate in determining the efficiency of the herd.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

Rick McNary Feeding a Hungry World

Rick McNary, Numana Inc., spoke at the Women Managing the Farm Conference on how more women manage their own farm and getting more younger people involved in farming. See video

3/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State to Mark 100th Anniversary of Roundup in Hays on April 17

It’s been the scene of breakthrough research in beef cattle management, genetics and technology and this year, the K-State Agricultural Research Center – Hays will host the 100th edition of Roundup on Thursday, April 17.

3/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson... Play Audio

K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson discusses cow and heifer management to attain a more compact breeding, and therefore, calving season...taking into account bull exposure, nutrition ahead of breeding, and the willingness to market late-bred females when striving for that shorter calving season.

3/23/2014 7:00:00 PM

LMIC director Jim Robb... Play Audio

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he sizes up the unexpectedly large placements number in the USDA's latest cattle-on-feed report, and talks about why this Friday's USDA hogs-and-pigs report carries so much significance for the beef cattle trade.

3/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


The national dairy industry set a record for total pounds of milk produced in 2013. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk looks at some of the national dairy numbers and talks about the improvement in the Kansas dairy industry – where total production was up 7.3% from 2012.

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM