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Feb 12, 2018

On today’s episode: the weekly livestock market update; from the recent K-State Swine Profitability Conference, a look at managing pig health with minimal antibiotic use; Kansas 4-H has a new volunteer specialist…

Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.

00:00:00 — Livestock Market Update:  Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he remarks on last week's tumble in the stock market, and if that should be of concern to the beef cattle sector...and he suggests that cattle producers might want to consider advance-pricing their feed and forage needs for the coming months right now, given the concerns over dry weather ahead.

00:11:29 — Managing Pig Health With Minimal Antibiotic Use:  Another featured speaker at K-State's Swine Profitability Conference last week:  from Southwest Veterinary Services out of Ontario, Canada, veterinarian Doug MacDougald talks about managing pig health with minimal antibiotic use in commercial pig his firm has been working with producers in Canada and the U.S. toward that end.

00:22:46 — 4-H Volunteer Specialist:  K-State Jeff Wichman visits with the new K-State 4-H volunteer specialist, Shane Potter, about his goals in supporting and developing the adult volunteer workforce in Kansas 4-H.

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