Oat-Brassica Forage Quality Changes during Winter Grazing

By : Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator   Annual forages can provide high quality grazing for cattle in the fall and winter and can complement the cover crop goals of providing agronomic and soil health benefits. Photo credit Jerry Volesky.   This article is a summary of the 2018 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report “Late…

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Fall weather may have created risk to animal feed

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A Kansas State University veterinarian is urging the state’s producers to be especially diligent about monitoring for mycotoxins in livestock feed this winter on the heels of weather conditions that promoted their growth this fall. Toxicologist Steve Ensley said Kansas’ summer drought conditions led to a heightened risk of aflatoxin in the…

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What You Need to Know About a Mycotoxin Risk in Your Feed

Due to a wet fall and delayed harvest in the Midwest, conditions have been ideal for mold growth. Therefore, mycotoxins will likely be an issue in many feeds and ingredients this year. Mycotoxins are a toxic, secondary metabolite produced by fungi/molds that result in undesirable performance when animals (or even humans for that matter) are…

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Drone Applications on the Ranch

By : Jimmy Doyle, SDSU Extension Natural Resource Management Field Specialist, SDSU Department of Natural Resource Management, Courtesy of   Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, have become increasingly common throughout society. Drones are not new to the agricultural world and have been employed primarily in the crop sector for several…

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Livestock Building Rental Considerations

By : Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County Recently I have received some questions about rental of livestock buildings, specifically dairy facilities. Typically, callers want to know a charge per square foot or a rental rate based on a per head basis or, for a dairy facility, based on number of free stalls. The reality is…

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