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Dec 5, 2018

On today’s episode: adjusting the cow and heifer ration to cold and wet weather conditions; economically comparing feedstuffs for the spring-calving cow herd; the latest agricultural news headlines; Gus van der Hoeven’s “Stop, Look and Listen…”

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.

Two K-State beef specialists offer advice on nutritional management of spring-calving cows and heifers over the next couple of months, which will contribute greatly to calving success:

00:01:30 – Adjusting Feed Rations for Weather:  K-State beef cattle nutritionist Dale Blasi talks about adjusting the cow and heifer ration to the persistently cold and wet weather conditions, and about assuring that cows and heifers maintain adequate body condition score throughout the critical weeks ahead.

00:12:59 – Heifer Feed Costs:  K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about economically comparing feedstuffs for the spring-calving cow herd, and about monitoring feed and vitamin intake of the herd...he advises producers to regularly "consult the cows" on their nutritional needs.

00:24:31 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines.

00:32:58 – "Stop, Look and Listen":  K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.


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