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New Antibiotics Regulations for Beef Cattle Producers

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. See video
10/22/2014 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.
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Keeping Food Safe: Prevention Better Than Response

Each year in the United States, about 42,000 cases of salmonella infection are reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections is estimated to be close to 1 million.
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Latest on Country of Origin Labeling Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor discusses the ruling this week by the World Trade Organization that the latest version of U.S. country-of-origin labeling of meat products violates international trade rules.  He comments on what the ruling means for the future of C-O-O-L, weaving in his research results on consumer response to labeling at the retail level.

10/21/2014 7:00:00 PM

Cattle Grazing Programs and Climate Change Play Audio

The director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment at K-State, Dan Devlin, provides an update on a multi-year project, funded by the USDA, which is looking at multiple aspects of Great Plains cattle grazing programs in relationship to climate change...this project is expected to provide the first comprehensive scientific view of that relationship.

10/20/2014 7:00:00 PM

Managing the Herd When Pasture is Limited

Consecutive years of drought could prompt beef cattle producers to find ways to unconventionally feed and manage their cow herds. One option when grass is limited is moving the herd to a confinement situation.
10/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  in addition to recapping last week's fed and feeder cattle trades, he looks at the latest retail meat price trends,  and comments on the latest USDA beef export/import numbers.

10/19/2014 7:00:00 PM

Learning and Teaching are Benefits as Australian Researcher works with K-State Faculty

Imagine you’re a scientist and have spent your career looking for answers to mysteries that affect animal health. And then you have the opportunity to share your findings with peers in another part of the world, as well as learn from their research.
10/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

Supplementing Roughage for the Season Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner offers several thoughts on supplementation strategies for the beef cow herd on lower-quality roughages, such as late-season native pastures or crop stover, including knowing when to supplement based on the protein content of that roughage.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Consistent milk flow at milking time is essential on every dairy.  And producers would do well to check their milk trafficking systems in their dairies, to assure that flow is sufficient.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) suggests several check points for milk flow, and cites the numerous reasons why this is important.                      

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

Preparing Cattle Feeding Areas for Fall and Winter Play Audio

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt encourages cattle producers to prepare their drylots and other feeding areas now for muddy conditions that could develop in late fall and over the winter, and why that's important to cattle nutritional performance.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

Answering the Call: Kansas State University to Host 15 Farm Bill Meetings

Farmers are faced with some of the most important decisions of their working lives under the 2014 Farm Bill. To help them make informed decisions, K-State Research and Extension is teaming with several sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans in January and February.
10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses the new circuit court ruling on whether non-farmers must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program payments...he talks about what this ruling means to Kansas C-R-P contract holders who aren't actively engaged in farming.

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural News... Play Audio

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

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

Make Time to Body Condition Score Cows

The old tractor still runs, but because the fuel gauge is busted, you have to keep checking to make sure it has enough fuel to continue working. And whether you realize it or not, your cows function similarly to that old tractor.

10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM

Calling Dairy Producers: Oct. 28 Webinar to Focus on New Farm Bill Program

Kansas State University will host a webinar on the Dairy Margin Protection Program of the 2014 Farm Bill Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. CDT.
10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Latest 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.

10/13/2014 7:00:00 PM

Livestock Market Update... Play Audio

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he'll go over the latest USDA beef export/import figures, and talks about the USDA's feed price ratio numbers and just-released feedgrain production numbers, and what they mean to the cattle trade.

10/12/2014 7:00:00 PM

Post-Harvest Beef Cattle Grazing Concerns... Play Audio

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi talks about several aspects of turning the cow herd out on grazing stover after this fall's harvest, including determining the volume and nutritional value of the crop residue, and cautions about prussic acid being present in crop stubble re-growth.

10/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


It’s a concern virtually every fall, and this year is no exception…the potential build-up of prussic acid in planted forages.  By exercising caution, dairy producers can avoid toxicity issues when harvesting or grazing these forages.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) covers those precautions this week. 

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM

Pasture management workshop for small acreage owners

Cool season pastures and hay fields make up the biggest chunk of agricultural land use in Johnson and surrounding counties. Now is a good time to learn about resources to help land owners manage their lands, for commercial production or agricultural exemption.

10/9/2014 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.

10/7/2014 7:00:00 PM

BCI Develops Training Modules in Collaboration with $25 Million Research Effort

A series of new beef cattle online training modules has been released by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. The series was produced in part with funds from a $25 million grant distributed to 16 institutions in 2012.
10/7/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State’s New Hog Nursery Faciliity... Play Audio

Kate Hagans talks with two K-State swine specialists, Joel DeRouchey and Mike Tokach, about the new, state-of-the-art hog nursery facility formally dedicated last week at K-State's Swine Teaching and Research Unit...they look at how this new facility will advance swine management education and research at K-State.

10/6/2014 7:00:00 PM

Local Agencies Train For Livestock Disease Crisis... Play Audio

The emergency preparedness coordinator with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Sandy Johnson, talks about the recent emergency training exercise in north-central and northeast Kansas, evaluating the response of several local agencies to a simulated outbreak of food-and-mouth disease...she reports on how that exercise went and what was learned from it.

10/6/2014 7:00:00 PM

Report Projects Positive Outlook for Pork Producers and Consumers

The U.S. pork industry today is small by historic standards. But, signs of producers holding back more females to increase the breeding herd mean the industry is in the process of expanding, which could put more pounds of pork in grocery stores by the middle of next year.
10/6/2014 8:00:00 AM

Coccidiosis in Beef Calves... Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about minimizing the threat of coccidiosis to beef calves...it's a disease that can easily turn up in just about any feeding setting, causing long-term performance issues.

10/5/2014 7:00:00 PM

Livestock Market Update... Play Audio

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  among other topics, he compares the value of gain between putting calves on wheat pasture this fall and putting calves into the feedyard...he says the numbers speak well for grazing calves on wheat pasture.

10/5/2014 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 from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

10/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


As summer fades into fall, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) urges dairy producers to carefully evaluate their records and the cows that are still open in the herd. He thinks producers will find cows that are 200 days in milk and still open. Brouk offers several strategies to determine whether it’s better to keep these animals or to sell them.   

10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM