livestock http://kbia.org en Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-antibiotics-meat-and-why-congress-cant-pass-farm-bill <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45420 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill Increasingly, Holstein beef is what’s for dinner http://kbia.org/post/increasingly-holstein-beef-what-s-dinner <p><span class="apple-converted-space"><i><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">This blog is part of ongoing coverage from <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/blogs">Harvest Public Media</a>, a public radio reporting project in the Midwest that focuses on important issues related to food production and agriculture.</span></i></span></p><p>When I dig into a burger, I might think about how the cow the beef came from was raised -- whether it was grass or grain fed, locally raised or imported -- but rarely do I consider what breed of cow the meat came from.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:15:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 26038 at http://kbia.org Increasingly, Holstein beef is what’s for dinner Researcher tests heating system at Mo. turkey farm http://kbia.org/post/researcher-tests-heating-system-mo-turkey-farm <p>A researcher is testing a geothermal heating system at a turkey farm in central Missouri that could help trim utility costs.</p><p><a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/" target="_blank">The Columbia Daily Tribune</a> reports that an engineering professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia is trying out the system, which uses the soil to regulate the temperature of water flowing through buried pipes. The water then transfers the warmth from the ground into the barn.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:13:38 +0000 Associated Press 25006 at http://kbia.org Boonville livestock auction barn to re-open next week http://kbia.org/post/boonville-livestock-auction-barn-re-open-next-week <p>Boonville’s livestock auction barn will re-open as the Missouri Valley Commission Company Tuesday, Oct. 23, under new ownership.</p><p>Jon Angell of Centralia owns the soon-to-be opened auction farm with his brother, Justin, and business partner, Mike VanMaanen.&nbsp; Angell said with the previous owner, the company sold up to 60,000 head of cattle a year.</p><p>“There’s quite a need in this area to have a local barn for the cattlemen and farmers of the area to sell their livestock,” Angell said.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:47:52 +0000 Connor Wist 22969 at http://kbia.org Boonville livestock auction barn to re-open next week Here's the short story on cow tails http://kbia.org/post/heres-short-story-cow-tails <p>Many people who haven’t stepped foot on a dairy might think milking a cow is a sort of Emersonian back-to-the land moment, where a milker bonds with his or her cow while communing with nature. Just milk her for a while and voilà: fresh, creamy milk. But the truth is, milking can be a very dirty job.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:50:18 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 21522 at http://kbia.org Here's the short story on cow tails Higher percentage: ethanol in gas, hogs sent to market http://kbia.org/post/higher-percentage-ethanol-gas-hogs-sent-market <p>There’s a new kind of gas on the market, with more ethanol in it than the gas we usually put in our cars. That’s beneficial for corn farmers who grow the corn that ethanol is made from and want more of it in your gas. But while the ethanol industry fought for years to bring this fuel to the market, now that they’ve won… good luck finding it. Even in Corn Country, pickings are slim.<br> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:44:55 +0000 Kristofor Husted 21453 at http://kbia.org Higher percentage: ethanol in gas, hogs sent to market Help us map out the drought in the Midwest http://kbia.org/post/help-us-map-out-drought-midwest <p>Parts of the Midwest got a reprieve from the drought this week, according to the<u><a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html"> latest US Drought Monitor report</a></u> released on Thursday. The report found that last weekend’s cold front brought up to five inches of rain to southeastern Missouri, eastern Illinois and central Indiana.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:29:32 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 21117 at http://kbia.org Help us map out the drought in the Midwest Drought could edge livestock producers out of business http://kbia.org/post/drought-could-edge-livestock-producers-out-business <p>Brandt Dairy sits on Swan Creek at the end of a meandering gravel road in Linn, Missouri. The farm is bucolic with its twin silos, red barn and black-and-white Holstein cows. But the brown pastures, dry river bed and burnt corn fields are a reminder that there have been <a href="http://climate.missouri.edu/">less than two inches of rain here in the last two months</a>.</p><p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:05:47 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 20104 at http://kbia.org Drought could edge livestock producers out of business MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock http://kbia.org/post/mu-professor-grazing-drought-damaged-crops-and-pasture-can-harm-livestock <p>A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:36:33 +0000 Associated Press 19469 at http://kbia.org MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock Ranchers battle suffocating drought http://kbia.org/post/ranchers-battle-suffocating-drought <p>It&rsquo;s hot and dry out in western Kansas in a good year. South of Dodge City, the native grass is tough. So are the ranchers. But <u><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1328/drought-brings-misery-arkansas-river-basin/5">this year is not a good year</a></u>. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:42:01 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 19064 at http://kbia.org Ranchers battle suffocating drought Livestock farmers seek safety net, while Washington politics delay aid http://kbia.org/post/livestock-farmers-seek-safety-net-while-washington-politics-delay-aid <p>Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there&rsquo;s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. And any emergency aid is tied up in Washington politics.</p><p>The rock and the hard place where Stacey McCallister now sits looks like this:</p><p>Rock: McCallister&rsquo;s herd of 200 dairy cattle in south central Missouri have feed for about the next 60 days.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:50:49 +0000 Peggy Lowe 18605 at http://kbia.org Livestock farmers seek safety net, while Washington politics delay aid Nixon seeks to allow Mo. farmers to graze animals http://kbia.org/post/nixon-seeks-allow-mo-farmers-graze-animals <p>Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri soil and water districts to allow farmers to briefly graze their animals on livestock exclusion areas. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:08:30 +0000 Associated Press 17952 at http://kbia.org Nixon seeks to allow Mo. farmers to graze animals Missouri still dealing with last year's drought http://kbia.org/post/missouri-still-dealing-last-years-drought <p>In 2011, Missouri experienced its worst drought season since the 1950s, causing a shortage of grains and lowering the quality of feed for livestock.</p><p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:23:13 +0000 9456 at http://kbia.org Missouri still dealing with last year's drought FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals http://kbia.org/post/fda-challenging-use-antibiotics-animals-0 <p>The Food and Drug Administration is publishing an order this month that limits the way farmers can use certain antibiotics to treat animals, and eggs. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:12:11 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 7267 at http://kbia.org FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals