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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.

 
THE 2014 FORAGE SEASON...

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.
 

 
‘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.

 
K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt...

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.
 

 
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

 
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.

 
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.

 
K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis...

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.
 

 
K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor...

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.
 

 
2014 KANSAS DISTINGUISHED DAIRY...

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.
 

 
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. 

 
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.

 
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.

 
K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek...

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.
 

 
Women Managing Farm Conference

Participants at the Women Managing The Farm conference talk about they learned during the conference. See video

 
Livestock economist Kate Brooks...

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.
 

 
Bob Gillen, Agricultural Research Center at Hays...

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.
 

 
ENERGY CORRECTED MILK...

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.
 

 
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

 
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.

 
K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson...

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.
 

 
LMIC director Jim Robb...

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.
 

 
A STRONG DAIRY INDUSTRY...

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.
 

 
Steps to Improve Cow Herd Efficiency

Business owners are often challenged to find time to sit down, analyze data, and strategize to make their business more profitable and successful. A beef cow/calf operation is one such business, and improving feed efficiency is a main profit-driver.

 
Early Weaning Cows

K-State beef specialist, John Jaeger, talks about the benefits of early weaning cows. See video

 
David Everitt, John Deere President, on Feeding a Hungry World

The retired president of the agriculture division of John Deere, David Everitt, offers insight on agribusiness and technology's role in feeding the expanding world population...a subject he addressed as a guest speaker at K-State's College of Engineering this week. See video

 
Livestock economist Lee Schulz...

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he talks about the crossover support that the cattle market is receiving from the bullishness in the hog market, and looks ahead to the USDA monthly cattle-on-feed report due out this Friday.

 

 

 
FOOT HEALTH FOR THE HERD...

The extreme cold this winter forced many dairy producers to stop using foot baths. However, now that spring is nearly here, it’s time to resume this treatment program. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk explains the benefits of foot baths and why producers should consider using a longer, narrower foot bath.
 

 
K-State Beef Cattle Research Information Available Online

A competitive edge when managing a beef cattle herd is always important, but never more so than this year with a historically small number of cattle on U.S. farms and ranches and accompanying lofty beef and cattle prices.

 
State animal health commissioner Bill Brown...

State animal health commissioner Bill Brown of the Kansas Department of Agriculture talks about the preparedness of the Kansas beef industry in the event of a catastrophic disease outbreak, specifically foot-and-mouth disease...he spoke on that topic at K-State's Cattlemen's Day last Friday.

 

 
Paul Clayton, U.S. Meat Export Federation...

The senior vice-president for export services with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, Paul Clayton, comments on the outlook for U.S. beef exports and what our beef industry must do to remain competitive with other beef exporting countries...he was the keynote speaker at K-State's 2014 Cattlemen's Day last Friday.

 

 
Honoring Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers

Six couples have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2013. The couples are identified as leaders in farming and their communities, and they will be honored at a banquet March 14 in Manhattan.

 
Livestock economist Derrell Peel...

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  he remarks on the slight falloff in the fed cattle market last week, and talks about the impressive stay-ability of domestic beef demand in the face of competing meat prices.

 

 
K-State cow-calf production specialist Bob Weaber...

K-State cow-calf production specialist Bob Weaber discusses improving feeding efficiency in the cow-calf herd, based on a recent national survey of producers on the subject...he talks about the herd inputs and outputs that each producer should analyze, and which herd records to focus on.
 

 

 
INCREASING MILK QUALITY...

This winter has been especially challenging for dairy producers and there are probably a lot of teat ends that have been damaged either by the cold weather or by milking equipment. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk encourages dairy producers to review their milking process and make changes to speed the milking time, reduce stress on the herd, improve cleanliness, and increase milk quality.
 

 
Agricultural news...

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi provides a brief overview of what cattle producers can expect during tomorrow's 101st annual Cattlemen's Day at K-State's Weber Hall and Arena.
 

 
Combustible Dust Prevention Workshops Planned for the Mid America Farm Show in Salina, Kan.

As on-farm grain storage increases, and the size of bins and silos expands it is even more important for everyone to understand the risks and causes of grain dust explosions. Anyone who handles grain, from family farms to county elevators to export facilities, should be informed on how to prevent grain dust explosions.

 
K-State sheep and meat goat specialist Brian Faris...

K-State sheep and meat goat specialist Brian Faris previews two upcoming sheep events being held on the K-State campus this month.
 
 

 
PEDV Update

K-State swine veterinarian Steve Dritz reports on an important new discovery in the battle against the devastating disease, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which has ravaged hog herds in numerous states, including Kansas...researchers have discovered a link between the spread of PEDV and a specific protein source in nursery pig diets, and Dritz shares the latest K-State ration recommendations in light of this news. See video

 
Tools Available for Beef Producers

Record-high cattle prices early this year mean there’s that much more at stake for the 2014 breeding season, according to Kansas State University beef reproduction specialist, Sandy Johnson. She is reminding producers of tools available to help choose optimal breeding systems and implement them successfully.

 
2012 Census of Agriculture: Preliminary Highlights for Kansas

In 1840, the first census of agriculture was conducted in the United States, in conjunction with the population census. That first census, which included 26 states and the District of Columbia, showed that about 70 percent of the population reported being engaged in agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 
A Closer Look at PEDv and Feed Sources in the Swine Industry

A disease that affects mostly young pigs, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, was discovered in the United States for the first time last year. Originally found in the United Kingdom in 1971, PEDv has since been discovered in other European countries, as well as China, Korea and Japan, according to the National Pork Board.

 
K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor...

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he comments on the record-setting bullishness in the fed cattle market, and remarks on the latest indicators of sustained healthy domestic beef demand.

 

 
K-State swine veterinarian Steve Dritz...

K-State swine veterinarian Steve Dritz reports on an important new discovery in the battle against the devastating disease, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which has ravaged hog herds in numerous states, including Kansas. 

 

 

 
REVIEWING DAIRY HERD PROTOCOLS...

As dairy producers check their herds, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk recommends visiting with their veterinarian to discuss the overall health of the herd and identify any steps that can be taken to improve the future health of the herd.
 
 

 
Kansas’ 50-Year Water Vision: A Work in Progress

Water, a simple chemical compound, has the big and at times complex job of bringing life to the world. Last October, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued a call to action to address the need for a 50-year vision for the state’s water that meets the needs of all Kansans now and in the future.

 
K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek...

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about what cow-calf producers should do to curb the spread of bovine viral diarrhea, or BVD, in their herds, beyond vaccinations...he specifically addresses the problem of persistently-infected calves, and how they will rapidly perpetuate BVD throughout the herd unless the producer intervenes with proper management.

 

 
Farmers Market Vendor Workshop Planned March 29 in SE Kansas

There may be no better, more positive way to bring a community together than at the local farmers market. Think about it – it signifies the beginning of spring, new growth and people coming together in a casual, congenial manner to buy foods and flowers directly from local growers.

 
K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis...

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis goes over the steps to conducting a breeding soundness evaluation on yearling and mature bulls ahead of the spring breeding season, discussing why each step is vitally important in assuring sire performance...he recommends running a trichomoniasis test as part of that process.

 

 

 
Livestock economist Kate Brooks...

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market analysis:  she comments on the unexpectedly high feedlot placements indicated in last Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and remarks on the late-week surge in fed cattle prices.

 

 
Agricultural news...

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi previews the 101st Cattlemen's Day at K-State, set for Friday, March 7th.

 

 
A CHANGING DAIRY INDUSTRY...

In this week’s Milk Lines, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk reflects on the changes he’s seen in the dairy industry over the past 30 years to improve animal well-being. Some of the changes include improvements to facilities, nutrition programs, management practices and health programs. Brouk says these changes were not due to regulations, but rather to the commitment of dairymen to improve animal health.
 
 

 
Kansas Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Civic Leaders Named Leaders of the Year

“Service” would be a common theme among the five Kansans who were recognized at a Feb. 19 luncheon by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as 2014 Leaders of the Year.

 
Agricultural news...

K-State animal science Extension assistant Kristine Clowers previews the 2014 K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy for high school youth coming up in June, applications for which are due in mid-March.

 

 
Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Katie Uhlaender - Olympian

Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia. An American woman is competing in the Olympic event called the skeleton. This woman isn’t just representing America, she is especially representing rural Kansas.

 
Advancing Our Global Food System

Today, one in eight people worldwide are hungry, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). At the same time, the World Health Organization reports that worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.

 
K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson...

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson talks about a couple of useful informational tools to aid cow-calf producers in successfully conducting an A-I breeding program:  the A-I Cowculator, which compares the economics of using A-I versus natural service for a given herd, and the Estrus Synchronization Planner, which helps producers manage a timed A-I program properly.

 

 
Pre-Breeding Heifer Meeting Set for Feb. 25, Hosted by Sunflower Supreme Program

Expansion efforts are on the minds of many cow-calf producers who have decreased herd sizes in the past couple of years due to poor weather conditions.

 
J.J. Jones, Kansas Department of Agriculture...

The marketing and trade director with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, J.J. Jones, reports on two recent efforts to promote Kansas cattle genetics in two foreign countries, Costa Rica and Russia, as the latest in an ongoing campaign to market the Kansas cattle industry abroad.

 

 
Livestock economist Lee Schulz...

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  he talks about the current fed and feeder market trends, and looks closer at the USDA's latest beef supply and demand report and it's new 10-year baseline projections for the cattle market.

 

 
TIMING OF THE FIRST MILKING...

The timing of the first milking after calving will have a dramatic impact on the immunoglobulin content of the colostrum. Research shows that delaying the first milking by six hours can cause a 17% reduction in the immunoglobulin content of the colostrum – and there’s a 28% reduction after 10 hours and a 33% reduction after 14 hours. To get the highest quality colostrum, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk, says fresh cows should be milked within two hours after calving.
 
 

 
LMIC director Jim Robb...

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's cattle market insight:  he talks about the substantial rise in the percentage of cattle grading choice since last summer and what that's signaling to cattle feeders, and talks about the impact of China possibly resuming U.S. beef imports later this year.

 

 
Deputy animal health commissioner Justin Smith...

Deputy animal health commissioner with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Justin Smith, talks about the proposed requirement for cattle producers whose herds test positive for trichomoniasis to notify neighboring cattle producers of that...and he talks about a concerted effort by state officials and the veterinary community to address the escalating problems with persistently-infected bovine viral diarrhea in cattle.

 

 
BLOOD SERUM TOTAL PROTEIN...

To get the most accurate results, testing for passive immunity transfer in dairy calves should be performed between 24 and 48 hours. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk explains why it’s important to check a calves’ blood serum total protein during this relatively small window.
 
 

 
K-State animal scientist Barry Bradford...

K-State animal scientist Barry Bradford talks about a new study with possible implications for both bovine and human health:  he teamed up with a researcher at Harvard University on a long-term review of dairy production records, which discovered that Holstein dairy cows tend to provide more milk to their female calves than their male calves...he'll discuss the importance of the finding to bovine management.

 

 
K-State livestock economist Ted Schroder...

K-State livestock economist Ted Schroder and two of his graduate student researchers, Garrett Lister and Marcus Brix, talk about their new study of how consumers rank certain livestock product traits, or "food values", when making purchasing decisions...the results show that consumers definitely prioritize those values when considering purchases of beef steak, ground beef, milk and chicken.

 

 

 
K-State beef geneticist Dan Moser...

K-State beef geneticist Dan Moser offers advice to cow-calf producers on shopping for improved genetics this winter and spring, talking up the value of genomic enhanced EPD information...he also discusses the pros and cons of purchasing breeding stock via private treaty, compared to auction purchases.

 

 
Livestock economist Derrell Peel...

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University discusses the market implications of last Friday's USDA cattle inventory report as part of this week's cattle market analysis...also, state statistician Jason Lamprecht of Kansas Agricultural Statistics goes over the Kansas numbers from that report.

 
 

 
COLD-WEATHER NUTRITION...

If you’ve noticed changes in the health of the dairy herd during the recent cold snaps, increasing the amount of milk replacers and whole milk can make a difference. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk says the nutritional needs of the herd increase by about 10% in cold weather. As a result, making some adjustments to the nutritional program in cold weather will keep the herd healthier.

 
K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor...

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor remarks on last Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report numbers, and shares the good news from his latest beef demand index calculations,  during this week's cattle market segment.

 

 
DAIRY DAYS BEING HELD THIS WEEK...

Kansas dairy producers are invited to attend one of two Dairy Days being held Thursday in Whiteside and Friday in Seneca. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk provides a preview of the upcoming Dairy Days – which feature several K-State Research and Extension specialists.
 
 

 
Swine Profitability Conference and 4-H Mentoring...

K-State swine specialist Jim Nelssen previews the 2014 K-State Swine Profitability Conference slated for February 4th in Manhattan...and K-State 4-H specialist Gary Gerhard talks about National Mentor Month, and the value of mentoring in 4-H.
 
 

 
Livestock economist Kate Brooks...

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market insight:  she remarks on the staying power of these record-high cattle prices further into 2014, and looks ahead to both the USDA cattle-on-feed and cattle inventory reports coming up soon.
 
 

 
K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis...

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis talks about the three stages of beef calving, and aligning one's calving management to those stages...he also offers several recommendations on providing calving assistance, especially to first-calf heifers.
 
 

 
REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE...

A study conducted in Wisconsin that looked at reproductive efficiency in dairy herds across the state includes several findings that Kansas dairy producers can implement to help improve reproductive performance in their own herds. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk discusses the findings that Kansas producers should consider implementing in their dairy herds.
 
 

 
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.

 
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.

 
Weibert Honored as Animal Sciences and Industry Distinguished Alumnus

Warren WeibertWarren Weibert, a 1969 graduate of Kansas State, was honored on Nov. 15 as the recipient of the 2013 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus Award.

 
Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.

 
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