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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.
8/26/2015 8:00:00 AM

Current Cattle Cycle Play Audio

Montana State University livestock economist Gary Brester talks about where the beef industry stands in the current cattle cycle, and the rate at which cattle numbers might grow in the next couple of years...he says that this cattle cycle differs greatly from the notable herd expansion episodes of the past.

8/24/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Commodity Title in the Current Farm Bill Play Audio

Mississippi State University agricultural economist Keith Coble talks about the present state of the commodity title in the current farm bill, and if there are any indications how well the new program options are working....he also looks at the future of the crop insurance program, saying that it could well be in the crosshairs for a serious budget cut when that issue arises again in Congress.

8/24/2015 7:00:00 PM

Omega-3 Beef Study Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Sean Fox reports on a new study of consumer interest in beef that has been "enhanced" by a greatly-promoted health additive, omega-3 fatty acid...their intent was to compare consumer attitudes about such a product to attitudes about grass-fed and conventionally-fed beef.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Dairy producers:  have you ever wondered how temperature can affect cow herd re-breeding? K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk says there’s been some good research on that question.  This week, he talks about the optimum dairy cow body temperature range for successful servicing.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers his latest analysis of the cattle markets, coming off a notably bearish week:  he talks about the general concerns on the global economic scene, and how those are reflecting on the cattle trades, and takes a look at the USDA's cattle-on-feed and cold storage reports which were released last week.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Ralph Lagergren

From rotors to Rageball 5. This unusual phrase describes the diverse types of new products which one remarkable rural entrepreneur has worked on developing.
8/19/2015 8:00:00 AM

Beef Cattle Movement and Spread of Disease Play Audio

K-State electrical and computer engineer Caterina Scoglio reports on a new technique she and colleagues have developed, in cooperation with K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, that estimates the routine movement of beef cattle in Kansas, and tying that in to the risk of an infectious bovine disease being spread....this will be an important tool for the beef industry in preparing for such an outbreak.

8/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Land Values, Part Two Play Audio

Griffin and Taylor continue their discussion.

8/17/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Land Values, Part One Play Audio

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Mykel Taylor talk about a new method they've devised for estimating farm and ranch land values, using historical land price data....they explain how this can be useful in determining land value basis for tax purposes and for tracking land value trends...they also talk about the USDA's latest Kansas agricultural land value data, and what it suggests about rental rate trends ahead...and they tell about the topics they'll be addressing at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference later this week, with registrations for that event still being taken.

8/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


It may still be August, but winter will soon be upon us, and it’s never too early to have your dairy farm in winter-ready shape. There are several components to consider when getting ready for extended cold weather on the dairy operation. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk suggests some things to consider along that line right now.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she talks about the announcement of a large beef packing plant in Iowa closing, and what that means to the market...and she tells about a new guide for cattle producers on utilizing Livestock Risk Protection insurance as a cog of their operation's price risk management strategy.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Study of Enhanced Beef Cuts Play Audio

K-State meat scientist Travis O'Quinn reports on a new K-State study of beef consumer response to "enhanced" beef cuts...using a special solution to improve the palatability of cuts that are rated below the choice beef category.

8/12/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Dawn Gabel - National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

“Creating a classroom.” That’s something that teachers do frequently. Today we’ll learn about a Kansan who is creating a classroom for agriculture, but not inside a traditional school. This Kansan is leading a national center which provides a living experience to help people of all ages learn about agriculture.
8/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

Fatigue Cattle Syndrome Play Audio

The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, reports on important new research which confirms a feedlot cattle condition dubbed "fatigue cattle syndrome"...this study discovered the actual cause of highly-publicized cattle mobility issues at the packing plant which occurred a couple of years ago, and that the use of beta-agonist products in cattle finishing was not the root of the problem.

8/11/2015 7:00:00 PM

Low-Stress Cattle Handling Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner talks about the principles of low-stress cattle handling...methods of approaching cattle that lessen their stress when working, driving or transporting them.

8/10/2015 7:00:00 PM

Preconditioning For Beef Calves Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about what cow-calf producers should do for a preconditioning program for beef calves to help them withstand the stresses of weaning and entering the marketing chain. This includes considerations such as vaccinations, deworming and environmental control to particularly help prevent bovine respiratory disease. He also speaks on economical incentives for preconditioning.

8/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's commentary on the cattle markets, including highlights of the USDA's recent report on cash rent and land values and its implications for pasture values, herd expansion and some causes for that process being slower than normal, as well as an overview of a paper he and others recently published looking at factors affecting preconditioned calf price premiums and how seller reputation for preconditioning plays a role.

8/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Beef Cattle Institute Collaborates with Merck Animal Health to Produce Educational Modules

The Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University, in conjunction with Merck Animal Health, has released the first module in the CreatingConnections™ Educational Series, which features industry experts who share insights and proven techniques to help ensure low-stress cattle handling.
8/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


Now is the time to start thinking about forage supply for the next year. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk has suggestions for what to consider when thinking about providing forage for dairies for this upcoming year.                                                                 

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

Meat Product Safety Update Play Audio

K-State meats specialist Liz Boyle talks about several current developments in meat product safety, including changes to product preparation guidelines that local locker plants are undertaking.

8/4/2015 7:00:00 PM

Emergency Vaccination For Foot-and-Mouth Disease Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell discusses his new study of the economic impacts of an emergency vaccination response to a simulated outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the central plains cattle region....the findings of this study will lend guidance to animal health officials in planning for an actual FMD situation, should it ever occur.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


Timing is everything when it comes to putting up quality corn silage for the dairy operation.  By the observations of K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk, many corn fields are near the silage harvest stage.  This week, he reminds dairy producers of the dry matter target they should shoot for when cutting silage.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he offers his thoughts on whether the fed cattle market has hit its low for the summer, and talks about the mid-year USDA cattle inventory report, and what it suggests about the pace of cattle herd expansion.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

New Antibiotics Regulations In Livestock Feed Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson talks about the new regulations on antibiotic use in livestock feed going into effect starting this fall, which will require a "veterinary feed directive" ...she explains just what this new protocol means at the farm and ranch level, urging producers to start discussing this with their veterinarian soon.

7/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

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 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