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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.
7/29/2015 8:00:00 AM


Genetic Improvement for the Beef Herd: Focus of eBEEF.org



For beef producers, one of the best ways to improve profitability is to improve herd genetics. A new website called eBEEF.org was developed by beef cattle scientists to help producers access one location for the latest beef cattle genetics and genomics information.
7/29/2015 8:00:00 AM


Cold Storage Bacon Stability and Sirloin Blade Tenderization Play Audio



K-State meat scientist Terry Houser reports on two studies funded by the pork and beef checkoff programs, respectively:  one looks at improving the stability of bacon in cold storage, and the other seeks an alternative for blade tenderization of sirloin steaks.

7/27/2015 7:00:00 PM


Intensive Rotational Grazing Versus Conventional Grazing Play Audio



K-State rangeland scientist Bob Gillen talks about a new study he has conducted, comparing many years of research results on intensive rotational grazing systems and conventional grazing systems...he found that while there are positives to intensive grazing, that system has no advantage over conventional grazing in grass production or cattle gains.

7/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, analyzes both the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed and semi-annual cattle inventory reports during this week's cattle market segment:  he talks about the LMIC's latest projections on the rate of expansion in the nation's cattle herd and the ensuing impact on cattle prices.

7/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


FLY CONTROL ON DAIRY FARMS Play Audio



Fly control can be difficult on a dairy farm and if flies get out of hand, many issues, such as disease, can begin to arise. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk offers tips on how to control fly population on dairy farms in mid-summer.

7/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Cover Crops As Grazing Forages for Beef Cattle Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses the use of various cover crops as grazing forages for beef cattle in the fall and winter...she goes over the cover crop types and their forage production potential, and talks about K-State research into the best utilization of these crops for cow herd or stocker grazing.

7/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


Early Weaning Beef Calves Play Audio



K-State beef cattle nutritionist Chris Reinhardt makes the case for early-weaning spring-born beef calves, even though pasture conditions are in good shape around Kansas this summer...he points to the advantages in overall calf performance and in restoring cow condition as two prime reasons for early weaning in the weeks ahead.

7/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Analysis of Feedlot Cattle Exit Weights Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner talks about a new analysis he has conducted on feedlot cattle "exit" weights, which says that those weights have been trending upward as cattle remain on feed for a longer period of time...he discusses what that means in terms of returns to cattle feeders.

7/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he remarks on the sharp downturn in boxed beef prices in recent weeks, and whether that's cause for alarm for beef producers...he also passes along his latest quarterly beef demand index findings, which again speak well for the beef consumption trend.

7/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


MILK COMPONENTS Play Audio



Heat stress can lead to decreased milk production or poor milk components.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk talks about how important it is to communicate with your nutritionist about a plan if your milk components aren’t where they should be.                    

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas State Fair Livestock Update Play Audio



New K-State youth livestock coordinator Lexie Hayes talks about youth livestock entries in the upcoming Kansas State Fair, and previews the state 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes coming up in August.

7/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Pasture Grazing and Moisture Play Audio



NRCS rangeland management specialist Dwayne Rice talks about modifying pasture grazing programs, in view of the moisture that has replenished grasslands in many parts of Kansas so far this summer...he says that some of the drought management strategies that have been encouraged over the past few seasons still apply, despite improved moisture conditions.

7/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary: in addition to reviewing last week's market trends, she talks backgrounding incentives, the further decline of boxed beef prices, import trends and previews the July herd inventory report.

7/12/2015 7:00:00 PM


K-State Risk and Profit Conference Set for Aug. 20-21



Weather on the High Plains has always been fickle, but this year has been extreme – even for Kansas. Going from a several-year drought to sometimes flooded fields and full ponds in a few short months make for unusual times for agricultural producers. Those circumstances and more will be addressed at Kansas State University’s 2015 Risk and Profit Conference planned for Thursday, Aug. 20 - Friday, Aug. 21.
7/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


HOOF HEALTH Play Audio



Bad hoof health is an increasing and expensive problem in intensive dairy production for all dairies. Preventive interventions are important in order to obtain a sustainable production. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk explains actions to take to help with hoof health this summer.
 

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Lyle Billips - America's Best Steaks



By beef eaters for beef eaters. That sounds like my kind of project, and it is a fitting description for a growing company that is producing and marketing top quality beefsteaks.
7/8/2015 8:00:00 AM


Barbeque 101 Workshop Tips Play Audio



K-State Research and Extension fresh meats specialist Travis O’Quinn provides a recap of the recent Barbecue 101 workshops he led throughout Kansas. His recap includes common grilling questions and how to grill on a budget.

7/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


K-State Beef Conference and Wheat Harvest Report Play Audio



K-State Research and Extension cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber gives a preview of the 2015 K-State Beef Conference in August.  Also, a wheat harvest update Josh Morris of Stevens County.

7/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


High School Students Learn To Lead the Animal Science Industry



Forty students from six states gathered on the Kansas State University campus in June to gain livestock knowledge and leadership skills. These participants comprised two 20-person cohorts of the seventh annual K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy (KASLA) June 10-13 and June 17-20 in Manhattan, Kansas.
7/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


CUTTING CORN SHREDLEGE Play Audio



On most dairies, silage is a staple part of a dairy cow’s diet.  Corn silage harvest time is coming up, and K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk explains a new process for producing silage and how it can benefit dairies in the future.

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Symposium, Part One Play Audio



From a recent mini-symposium at Kansas State University, Luis Rodriguez, research leader of the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, provides an update on foot-and-mouth disease.

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


K-State to Host Dairy Sessions for Producers



The heat is on in the dairy industry – in summer temperatures as well as the dairy market. To address key issues for dairy producers, Kansas State University will host “Summer Dairy Herd Challenges: Managing Price and Production Risks” in two locations.
7/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he talks about the rebound in the fed cattle market last week, and whether prices could continue to improve...he also shares a new analysis he has conducted of the range of prices being paid for feeder cattle within a given weight category, and what calf production factors are resulting in premiums being paid for feeders.
 

7/5/2015 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Income and Farm Profitability Play Audio



K-State's Dave Rempe, an economist with the Kansas Farm Management Association, talks about a recent analysis he and colleagues conducted, evaluating the importance of livestock income in overall farm profitability over the past 25 years...which has come back into consideration as grain prices have fallen from their historically high levels.

7/1/2015 7:00:00 PM


‘Improved Management, Improved Nutrition, Improved Profit’ Focus of the 2015 K-State Beef Conference



Many cattle producers have experienced record returns on their calves the past year, but even times of high profitability demand a search for  opportunities to enhance the management of a beef operation. Several of these opportunities will be discussed at the upcoming K-State Beef Conference, hosted Aug. 11 and 13 at various locations across Kansas.
7/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


Keep Your Barbecue Safe for Everyone to Enjoy



BBQ Food Safety Video

For many people, summer holidays such as the Fourth of July mean enjoying time outdoors and firing up the grill. Elizabeth Boyle, meat safety and quality specialist for K-State Research and Extension, said barbecuing requires some safety practices to ensure everyone enjoys the food and the holiday.


6/30/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Agricultural economist Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center provides this week's cattle market analysis:  she covers the falloff in fed cattle prices last week, looks at two new USDA reports that speak to competing meat supplies, and shares the LMIC's latest projections on hay prices for the remainder of 2015.

6/28/2015 7:00:00 PM


Footrot Disease Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek reports on a high occurrence of footrot disease in grazing cattle so far this grass season, and talks about the recommended protocols in responding to footrot-induced lameness in cattle.

6/28/2015 7:00:00 PM


FORAGE QUALITY CONCERNS Play Audio



Summer is here and so is extreme heat, and with extreme heat comes concerns about animal forage digestibility. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouke talks about the importance of forage quality as the summer begins to heat up.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM