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Kansas Mesonet launches Cattle Comfort Index

The harsh conditions in Kansas this past winter have prompted one of the state's leading weather agencies to develop a tool that will help cattle producers in the future.

Officials with the Kansas Mesonet, a Kansas State University-based network of weather monitoring stations across the state, has announced the release of the Cattle Comfort Index, a tool that they say will help cattle producers better monitor the needs of their herds during normal and extreme weather conditions.

The tool is available at mesonet.k-state.edu/agriculture/animal.

>> Read more about the tool.


Symposium on Bovine Anaplasmosis

The 2nd K-State Symposium on Bovine Anaplasmosis is a producer-oriented workshop on the current state of anaplasmosis in the U.S. with an emphasis on Kansas beef cattle. The symposium will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, KS. See attached flyer or go to https://ksuvetmedalumniandevents.wildapricot.org/event-3291529 to register.
>> Informational Flyer

Tough winter leads to challenging spring for state’s cattlemen

Kansas cattle producer are coming off what one Kansas State University official calls "one of the roughest winters" in recent memory, adding that the situation has created the need for extra attention this spring. >> Learn more about managing the cow herd this spring.

Management tips to reduce the impact of calf scours

Neonatal calf scours (diarrhea) is a multifactorial issue. The risk and occurrence can change year to year based on many different factors. Due to the cold, wet and windy weather of late, it sets up for some unique challenges in combating calf scours this year. >> Learn more about calf scours.

KSU Cattlemen's Day

Kansas State University's Animal Sciences and Industry Department hosted Cattlemen's Day 2019 on Friday, March 1 at Weber Hall in Manhattan. Dr. Brad Morgan, Performance Food Group senior director of protein, kicked off the event by discussing the potential for plant-sourced "meat" and laboratory-produced "meat" to take market share from the meat industry. 


Ranching Summit

The KSU Beef Team hosted the 2018 K-State Ranching Summit, Aug. 15 at the Alumni Center in Manhattan, KS. The theme of the program was Beef 2030 – Pursuing technology, transparency and profitability. Watch playlist of presentations here:


>> Ranching Summit 2018 Proceedings



Tally Time: Management Minder outlines your production year

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. Cattle producers use electronic IDs to automate many data collection activities. Computer applications seem to only be limited by our imagination.

Our beef extension educational efforts have often pointed out timely management topics. For example, now is the time to sample harvested forages and get an analysis of the quality. Some of those items would relate to time of year, while others would depend on the individual operation’s calving and breeding dates. So, while those suggestions are timely for most (we hope), they certainly do not fit everyone.

>> Read more


Focus Areas

The K-State beef extension team strives to address all phases of beef production from "farm to fork".