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How to Forage Sample      Audio
Predicting forage quality values from standard books often grossly overestimates or underestimates feeding value. A better way to determine feeding value is to have a representative forage sample tested by a laboratory.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- November 20,2020


Cull Cows                        Audio

In most cattle herds, around 18% of the annual income is generated from cull cows. Removing select cattle from a herd can improve herd performance and profitability.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- November 20,2020


Tapeworms                                  Audio

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- November 13,2020


Grazing Management                      Audio

Grazing management is a strategy to optimize forage use and sustain animal performance. How often and how short individual plants are grazed will directly affect the health of forage species.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- November 6,2020


Cold Temperature Management for Pigs                           Audio
Cold Pigs are high maintenance

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- October 30,2020


 

Body Condition Scoring Method             Audio
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a standardized method to gauge the condition of cattle?

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- October 23,2020


Feeding Pumpkins to Livestock             Article
As it nears the end of October, you may be starting to think of what you can do with pumpkins that have been used for decorations once you are done with them or what to do with the pumpkins that were left sitting in the garden because they did not quite make the cut to be used as decorations or made into pie.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- October 23,2020


Chute-Side Cost Savings                      Article
A strong vaccination program can have a sizable impact on a herd, both in dollars spent and on the herd’s health. We expect a vaccine to protect animals from detrimental health problems due to infectious diseases. Given the importance of vaccines in an animal health program, proper handling is vital to ensure the product remains effective. Improper handling can render the product useless.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- October 15,2020


 

Raising Lambs and Kids Artificially                   Audio
One of the outcomes of having a high lambing or kidding percentage is that you will likely end up with some bottle babies.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- October 15,2020


 

Prussic Acid                               Audio

The onset of the first killing frost is getting nearer. We see the highest levels of prussic acid in new growth, new regrowth and within the first week of this frost. Prussic acid, also known as cyanide, is a concern with forage like sorghums and other related species, like johnsongrass or even corn stalks.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- October 9,2020


 

Copper Toxicity in Sheep               Audio
Sheep are unique in that they accumulate copper in the liver more readily than other animals. So, they are very susceptible to copper poisoning. 

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- October 3,2020


 

Fall Liming Process               Audio
Lime reactions in the soil is a time-dependent process. Fall applications take advantage of winter rainfall and allow 90-150 days for buffering of pH to occur within the soil profile.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- September 25,2020


Grazing Corn Stacks                Article                           Audio 

Advancements in equipment and technology have made it easier than ever to take livestock to feed instead of bringing feed to them.The husk and leaf diet of a harvested corn field will provide around 50 percent total digestible nutrients and about 5% crude protein.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- September 18,2020


Weaning Strategies                          Audio
Weaning is very likely the most stressful time in a calf’s life. We know the calf will have all it needs to survive, but the calf doesn’t know that yet. Two methods have rose to the top of the list of best weaning strategies to reduce stress; fenceline weaning and 2-stage weaning.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- September 11,2020


Planning A Horse Pasture Site              Audio
Let’s discuss establishing a horse pasture today, something that takes time, patience and resources.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- September 4,2020


Creep Feeding Calves               Audio
The overall income of cow calf enterprises is partially dependent on calf weaning weight. Outside of changing weaning dates, there are management strategies that can increase this factor.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- August 25,2020


Preparing Sheep and Goats for Breeding Season        Audio                      Article
Fall is quickly approaching and with fall comes breeding season for sheep and goats. August is a good time to start making plans for breeding season, if you have not done so already, and to evaluate your does and ewes to make sure they are in good condition before breeding. Does and ewes that have good body condition are more likely to breed and successfully have lambs or kids in the spring.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- August 25,2020


Benefits of Cereals for Pastures               Article
Bermudagrass is a common warm-season perennial forage found in southeast Kansas. It can be very productive for summer grazing, however, it has a relatively long period of winter dormancy and is often invaded by annual, weedy species. While these weedy species produce some forage, their production is sporadic and their quality short-lived.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- August 19,2020


 

Record Keeping for Sheep and Goats             Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- August 19,2020


Winter Annuals With Bermuda           Audio
Winter cereal crops, such as wheat or rye, produce high-quality forage during the time period that Bermudagrass is dormant. Because of higher utilization, cattle gains from rye interseeded into Bermudagrass are comparable to gains from rye grown in clean-tilled conditions, even though less forage is produced.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- August 19,2020


 

Meat Labeling                 Audio
What is the difference between ‘Organic’ and ‘Natural’ on our meat labels?

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- August 14,2020


 

Feeding Grain to Small Ruminants            Audio
The decision to feed grain should be based on the nutritional needs of the animals and the economics of including grain in the feeding program.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- August 7,2020


 

How to Forage Sample          Audio
Predicting forage quality values from standard books often grossly overestimates or underestimates feeding value. A better way to determine feeding value is to have a representative forage sample tested by a laboratory.

 Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- July 24,2020


 

Wet Brewers Grain                   Audio
All breweries create byproducts, regardless of their size. Wet Brewers Grain byproducts cannot be used for human consumption but could be used as a protein and energy source for livestock.

 Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- July 24,2020


 

Blue Green Algae           Article
With the high summer temperatures, now is the time to be on the lookout for Blue-green algae in ponds.  Blue-green algae can occur in a pond as a result of runoff that carries nitrogen or phosphorus into the pond. When the temperature reaches 75 degrees or higher the algae will grow and bloom. 

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- July 17,2020


 Aquatic Weeds              Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- July 17,2020


 Keeping Pigs Cool            Audio

Mature pigs are most comfortable when air temperatures are between 50-75°F. Once temperatures exceed 80°F, pigs over 100 pounds can very quickly move into a life-threatening level of heat stress.

 Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- July 17,2020


 Ponds                      Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- July 10,2020


Vesicular Stomatitis Virus              Article                 Audio 

Vesicular stomatitis virus was first confirmed in Butler County, KS on June 16, and it has spread to other counties, including Montgomery.Vesicular stomatitis does not normally kill affected animals, but it can cause economic losses for livestock producers by preventing animal movements and impacting international trade.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- July 9,2020


 Weaning Lambs and Kids          Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- July 2,2020


 Summer Fly Control              Audio

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- June 2,2020


 Round Bale Storage Losses          Article            Audio

Dry matter losses in large round bales can reach 50% depending on bale quality, storage conditions and length in storage.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- June 26,2020


 Managing Aquatic Plants        Article

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- June 19,2020


 

 Blue Green Algea                 Audio

Adaven Scronce, diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- June 19,2020


 

Pasture Management By Season            Audio
Pasture management can be a lot of work. Whether you want to improve your pastures or simply maintain them so that they stay lush and green for years to come, there are many steps to take.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- June 19,2020


 Horse Hoof Care                    Audio

Horses are numerous throughout the area. Some are helpful ranch horses, some are companions for floks, and others are for recreation. Regardless of your horses' occupation, their feet need attention.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- June 12,2020


 Aquatic Weed Control           Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- June 11,2020


Sericea Lespedeza          Audio
Across the Wildcat Extension District, sericea lespedeza is in a vegetative growth stage and is rapidly gaining size. By the end of June, plants will begin to branch and become woodier.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- June 5,2020


 Extending The Grazing Season        Article                Audio

There are basically eight management practices to creating a longer grazing season: stockpiling a cool season forage, stockpiling a warm season forage, growing legumes, growing summer annual forage, growing winter annual forage, reducing hay losses in storage and reducing hay losses during feeding.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- May 28,2020


 Goat Diseases           Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- May 22,2020


Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats     Article
Spring and summer are critical management periods for sheep and goat producers, with the warmer weather and increased rainfall making the perfect combination for internal parasites to thrive. This is also the time of year when spring lambs and kids are weaned, a stressful time for kids and lambs when they are more susceptible to internal parasites.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- May 22,2020


 Pinkeye            Audio

Pinkeye is a growing concern with summer heating up. Providing good fly control, preventing stress and overcrowding and separating infected animals from healthy ones will help prevent the spread of disease.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- May 22,2020



Raising Small Groups of Swine          Audio

When done correctly, you can put pork in your freezer at a lower cost than what you would pay in the grocery store. Let’s go through some of the things you’ll need think about.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- May 15,2020


 Internal Parasites         Audio

 Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- May 15,2020


 Grazing Rules of Thumb         Audio

Some rules of thumb have scientific data to support them; however, some of the rules of thumb may be unfounded and lack informational backing. Take Half and Leave Half; probably the most common and most important rule of thumb for rangeland managers to follow.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- May 8,2020


 Anaplasmosis      Audio

Anaplasmosis is a parasitic organism that is transmitted through blood by biting insects and ticks. This disease can be devastating to some herds if not treated properly or in a timely manner.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

-April 30, 2020


 Cleaning Feeding Sites         Audio

Fecal bacteria present on winter feeding sites or in confined pens can survive in the manure and wasted feed sludge for several months.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

-April 24,2020


 Preparing to Raise Chickens        Article

Spring is here and you may have heard the sound of chicks peeping the last time you were at the feed store. You may even be thinking about getting a few chicks yourself. Before going out and purchasing chicks there are a few questions you should first consider. 

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

-April 24,2020


Grass Founder in Horses         Audio

One of the most common causes of founder can be the presence of lush, fresh grass in horse pasture.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

-April 16, 2020


Grass Tetany                Audio
Grass Tetany is a serious condition in cows and ewes, caused by low blood levels of magnesium, a problem when forages are growing quickly.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

-April 17,2020


 Chicken Coops           Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- April 6, 2020


 Livestock and Coronaviruses         Article          Audio

Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- April 1,2020


 Chickens          Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

-March 30, 2020


Safety At Birthing         Audio

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- March 20,2020


Feeding Market Goats and Lambs for Show             Article

One of the most important parts of raising a successful market goat or lamb project for the county fair is the feed program. Not every feed program will work for every animal. Just like people, every animal is different. When determining the type of feed program that is right for your animal, you need to take into consideration; the weight limits of your show, the animals age, and the animals frame size.

Adaven Scronce, diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- March 16, 2020


Rabbits         Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- March 9,2020


Spring Pasture Thoughts       Audio

To combat pests like weeds, the first step is sometimes the hardest, identification of the problem. Proper ID is paramount to good (and cost effective) control.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- March 5, 2020


 Livestock Gardians        Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- March 2,2020


 Horse BCS            Audio

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- February 28,2020


 Vaccine Handling           Audio

To protect your animals against infectious diseases, it is important to vaccinate not only at the right time, but with the right product. Properly handling the vaccine from the time it’s purchased to the time it’s given to the animals will ensure the best immunity.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- February 26, 2020


 Meat Rabbits          Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- March 24,2020


 Horse Body Conditioning Scoring         Audio

A body conditioning scoring system has served to provide a standard scoring system for the industry which can be used across breeds and by all hourse people

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- February 18, 2020


 Burn Workshop        Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- February 17,2020


 Calf Scours       Audio

Several pathogens can cause severe scours in calves. The impact of the germs is determined by the calf’s age and the integrity of its immune system.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- February 12, 2020


Controlled Burning        Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- February 10, 2020


 First Milk Important to Successful Birthing Experience    Article           Audio

There’s no better sight than watching a newborn get up and begin to nurse their mama. However, difficult deliveries, inexperienced dams and babies born without vigor sometimes keep that connection from happening.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

 - February 7, 2020


Cool Season Forage Intake               Audio

Maximizing the forage that livestock managers have available is important for profitability.

- January 31, 2020


Lamb & Kidding Workshop        Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- January 27,2020


Nutrient Deficiencies of Calf Vitality        Audio

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- January 24, 2020


 

 Forage Analysis              Audio

Greater profit is the primary reason livestock producers need to know the quality of forages they are feeding. Not knowing the forage's exact quality acts as a two-edged sword that can cut into profits either way it swings.

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- January 23, 2020


 Preparing for Kidding Season          Article
It’s a new year and kidding season is right around the corner, or for some breeders it may have already began. If kidding has not already started for you, now is a good time to go through your supplies to make sure you have everything you may need and are ready for kidding season.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- January 17, 2020


More Energy Needed When Cold          Audio

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

-January 17, 2020


 Colostrum           Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- January 13,2020


 More Energy Needed When Cold          Audio

Most livestock producers appreciate that cold weather increases nutrient requirements. However, the more common questions are “When or under what conditions should we respond to a cold weather event?” or “How should we respond?”

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- January 7, 2020


 Feeding Moldy Hay     Article

We are still seeing consequences from such a wet summer and difficult haying season. No matter how hard producers tried, hay was likely baled a little too wet and now has some mold. 

Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

-December 16,2019


 Determining Pasture Lease Pricing    Article

Perhaps the most popular question I receive throughout the year involves pasture leasing. Land is changing hands, landowners and tenants want to make sure they have up to date information to leasing arrangements, and frankly, there’s a lot of money that can be tied up in these situations.

- November 22, 2019


 Recycling Pumpkins                  Article

Leaves are changing color, the air has gotten cooler, and some parts of Kansas have already gotten snow. October has turned into November and depending on the day it may seem like fall is already giving way to winter.

 - November 11, 2019


 Dealing with Foot Rot in Livestock            Article

During the summer months we often treat lame livestock. The effects of lameness may show itself by decreased fertility, weight loss, decreased performance, and increased labor and medicine costs. It has been estimated that 88-92% of lameness stems from the foot.

- October 15, 2019


Soil Sampling                              Article
If you are considering planting a winter food plot, knowing the nutrient levels of the soil before planting will help you determine if you need to add nutrients to the soil or not. Soil tests provide a scientific base for evaluating the available plant nutrients in a field, garden, lawn, pasture, or food plot.

-October 9, 2019


 Selecting a Winter Feeding Site                          Article

Winter feeding of cattle is a necessary part of nearly all cow-calf operations. The feeding site is the area that a producer will feed the cattle regularly, providing hay and sometimes grain or other supplements to provide the nutrients cattle need.

- September 25,2019


 A Year for Baleage               Article

There is likely going to be a lot more silage chopped this year. Many acres that were enrolled in prevented planting with their insurance or Farm Services Agency (FSA) after the last planting date needed a cover crop.

- September 9, 2019


 Feed Sampling Standard Operating Procedures             Article

Feed sampling is critical to proper nutritional management of cattle. The following is a list of standard practices to ensure an accurate, representative sample of stored forages and mixed diets.

- August 28, 2019


 
Preparing Sheep and Goats for Breeding Season     Article

Fall is quickly approaching and with fall comes breeding season for sheep and goats. August is a good time to start making plans for breeding season, if you have not done so already, and to evaluate your does and ewes to make sure they are in good condition before breeding. 

- August 13, 2019


 
Questions of Organic Matter                  Article

Soil organic matter is one of the oddest components of soil. Although it comprises a small percentage of total soil volume and weight, it completely changes the color, nutrient transfers, cation exchange capacity and water holding capacity.

- August 9, 2019


 


Blue- Green Algae              Article
The high summer temperatures combined with the increased amount of runoff from rain has increased the risk of blue-green algae in ponds and lakes.  Blue-green algae can occur in a pond as a result of runoff that carries nitrogen or phosphorus into the pond.

- July 15, 2019


 

 Are forage Tests Important?       Article
For nearly four decades, scientists have been refining the ability to test forages for quality. This research is being done in an effort to improve animal nutrition and, consequently, animal production.

-July 3,2019


 

Effective Weed Control                  Article
Thanks to the influx of rain our area has received, there are a lot of weeds everywhere. A weed is only a plant that is out of place. Bermudagrass may be a weed in a flower garden, but not in a pasture. Corn can be the desired plant in a field, but in a rock garden; it’s a weed.

-June 3, 2019


 

Defense of the Fence                     Article
Like all the other things that need to get done this time of year, so do fences often need to be built and repaired. It is a good idea to keep in mind Kansas fence laws when doing so.

- May 21, 2019


 

Avoid a Winter Hangover This Breeding Season           Article
Winter has been long and difficult. Cold and wet weather increased energy demands. Cows could be thinner than normal after calving and winter conditions could have negatively influenced bull fertility as well.

-May 13, 2019


 

Making Beef Management Calendars Easier         Article                          
Technology has been developed that makes many things in our lives much easier. Some of you may remember when you were the “remote control” when your Dad was watching TV. Now, new homes have heating, alarm and lighting systems throughout that can be controlled remotely with a smart phone.

-May 10, 2019


 

Scoring Meat Goats on Body Condition                   Article                            Audio
Every goat producer has animals that are either too thin or too fat. Failure to recognize these animals and take corrective actions will cost dearly in terms of decreased fertility, increased disease or internal parasite incidence, decreased milk production, and increased operating costs.

-April 10, 2019

A body conditioning scoring system has served to provide a standard scoring system for the industry which can be used across breeds and by all horse people.