Archive for February 2014

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

By: Katie Allen MANHATTAN, Kan. – 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…

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Give newborn calves immediate immunity during spring calving season

Portland, Maine [February 25, 2014] As spring calving season approaches, it is vital that your calves receive adequate immunity at birth. Because calves are born without an active immune system, they rely on the consumption of antibodies from colostrum for protection against scours and pneumonia. When the calf consumes colostrum, these maternal-derived antibodies, or immunoglobulins (IgG),…

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Quality Matters

By: Grant Mourer No matter what business you’re in, quality brings value to your product. It’s no different in the beef industry except the definition of quality may differ slightly from producer to producer or segment to segment. Calves that have the genetic potential to gain and gain efficiently would by most be considered the…

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Rebuilding Drought Threatens Oklahoma Herd Expansion

By: Derrell S. Peel Oklahoma was one of a few states on January 1 showing the clearest signs of beef cow herd rebuilding.  The Oklahoma beef cow herd was up 51,000 head (2.9 percent year over year), second only to Kansas and Missouri in the absolute increase in cow numbers.  The Oklahoma inventory of beef…

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Smartphone app for livestock producers now available

CORPUS CHRISTI  –  Livestock producers pondering stocking rates now have an app to help them determine that ratio, according to experts. A smartphone app to help ranchers determine stocking rates is now available online. (Photo courtesy of AgriLife Extension) GrazingCalc is a new mobile smartphone application developed by personnel at Texas A&M University’s department of…

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Hurt: Expansion of beef cattle herds possibly on the horizon

By: Jennifer Stewart WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Recent record-high cattle prices and lower feed costs could offer producers the profit incentives they need to start expanding their herds after U.S. beef cattle numbers at the start of this year reached their lowest point since 1951, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. The nation's beef cattle herd has been…

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Advancing Our Global Food System

By: Katie Allen MANHATTAN, Kan. – 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.   "Food security is the availability of food to a person in a safe…

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