Monday, June 3, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 2013 hay season, with little sunshine and lots of rain, increases interest in making baleage, or silage in a bag, says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
Friday, May 31, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain makes grass grow. That’s good for grazing livestock, but makes haying difficult.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cattle sales were the No. 1 income source on Missouri farms for decades. Now cows have slipped to third place behind soybeans and corn.
Thursday, May 16, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Don’t delay making hay,” says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension.
Friday, May 10, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – After a long, slow start, pasture grass just needs more time and warm weather.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013FRUITLAND, Mo. – Fall-calving Show-Me-Select bred replacement heifers averaged $1,822 at the Fruitland (Mo.) Livestock Auction, Saturday, May 4.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. – Better genetics puts high-quality beef on the consumer’s plate. Also, better genetics brings more profits back to the producer’s pocketbook.
Monday, April 29, 2013SPICKARD, Mo. – River-bottom cropland on the University of Missouri Thompson Farm has been leased for three years for $378.30 per acre, the highest of 11 sealed bids, says Jon Schreffler, farm manager.
Thursday, April 25, 2013SPICKARD, Mo.—New research at the MU Thompson Farm beef herd in Grundy County was discussed by the advisory board, Tuesday, April 23.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo.–Cattle prices have been at record highs the last few years. The reason is less meat on the market.
Friday, March 29, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – Owners of commercial beef herds baffled by all those numbers in bull catalogs should meet Jared Decker.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo.–During the drought of 2012, producers with disappearing forage were seeking options to feed livestock.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – Turning cow herds out to graze pastures at the first sign of green grass harms forage growth later in the season. But there’s another big reason to wait, says a University of Missouri beef nutritionist.
Monday, March 25, 2013LINNEUS, Mo. – Kentucky 31 tall fescue covers the ground well and resists insects, drought and overgrazing. But this most widely used pasture grass in Missouri has a flaw. “Common fescue is toxic to livestock,” said Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013NEW LONDON, Mo.– Spring is here, but parts of Missouri still aren’t through with winter weather.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013GREENFIELD, Mo.– Cattle rustling often brings to mind images of outlaws on horseback running off livestock in the Old West, but cattle theft is still a problem in the 21st century.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo.–A new USDA animal disease traceability rule requires that livestock animals be officially identified before they are moved across state lines.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013TRENTON, Mo. –Breeding beef heifers for quality takes more than better genetics. It requires attention to details.
Friday, March 8, 2013WASHINGTON – The pounds of meat produced in the United States will drop in 2013 for the second time in five years. That includes beef, pork, chicken and turkey, according to a report given to Congress today.
Thursday, January 24, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo.– Cattle prices are expected to set new records in 2013 while hog prices are expected to have their second highest year ever. High feed costs have led to lower numbers of animals, which University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ron Plain says is why meat prices will be going up.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo. – Another drought year ahead or not, adding more forages to the grazing mix helps during the annual summer slump, says a University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
Thursday, January 17, 2013COLUMBIA, Mo.–Producers who plan to start or expand a livestock operation need to think about water before moving forward.
Thursday, September 6, 2012COLUMBIA, Mo. – Drought-affected farmers forced to buy hay from out of state can take steps to avoid introducing red imported fire ants to their farms.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new tool to help cattle producers reduce heat-related losses soon will be as close as the nearest smartphone.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year’s drought has taken its toll on the livestock industry, which has sold off thousands of animals because feed is too costly. A program at the University of Missouri may help these producers rebuild their herds with animals that produce more of the high-quality grades of beef that consumers are demanding.
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Friday, August 3, 2012COLUMBIA – Soybeans that won’t make a seed crop offer potential high-quality forage for beef and dairy producers. The decision to cut beans for hay won’t be easy, say University of Missouri Extension specialists.
Thursday, August 2, 2012COLUMBIA, Mo – Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves, ahead of normal fall-calving season.
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