3:24 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Mo. lawmaker convicted in escape of cattle

A state House member from western Missouri has been convicted of misdemeanor animal abuse for the escape of his cattle from a pasture.

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3:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Missouri State University's beef now sold at specialty meat store

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Springfield-area residents can now dine on beef raised at Missouri State University's cattle ranch.

The meat from the school's 3,300-acre working cattle ranch went on sale Friday at a specialty meats store in Springfield.

Missouri State President Clif Smart says the move is intended to help students understand the retail side of animal production.

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4:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Agriculture groups caution ranchers over potentially toxic grass

Rancher Roger Zimmershied poses with some of his cattle on his ranch just south of Sweet Springs, Mo. Zimmershied recently switched from Kentucky 31 tall fescue to MaxQ tall fescue in two of his pastures.
Credit Jake Godin / KBIA

Feeding cattle on grass is supposed to help the animals thrive. But Missouri’s most popular grass for feeding cattle may be doing more harm than good.

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7:27 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Animal trespass' bill proposed

Credit Hilary Stohs-Krause / NET

A cattle producers' group wants Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to sign legislation relaxing potential penalties when livestock get loose.

Livestock producers currently can be charged with misdemeanor animal neglect if they fail to provide adequate care or control resulting in substantial harm to an animal.

A bill pending before the governor would apply the animal neglect charge only to inadequate care — not poor control.

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10:15 am
Thu December 6, 2012

How much is organic certification worth?

Schnuck’s produce manager Dave Guthrie says the store only carried two kinds of this organicgirl product back in 1995. Now, due to customer demand, they carry eight varieties of the organic Salinas County, Calif. greens.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

The organic farming industry is booming. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has more than doubled. U.S. organic food sales have also grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $31.5 billion in 2011, according to the Organic Trade Association.  

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8:16 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Isaac rains help soybeans in Midwest

Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Several days of rain brought some relief to farmers in the nation's midsection as they contend with the worst drought in the U.S. in decades.

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Business Beat
5:42 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Keeping cows cool: serious stuff

The "Thermal Aid" app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

It’s going to seem like this week’s show is all about keeping cows cool, and it kind of is, but keep in mind this is a serious threat to agriculture in Missouri, and thus, the overall economy in the state.

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5:36 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Heat stress? Now there's a cow app for that

The Thermal Aid mobile app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

When a cow is stressed from the heat, it affects a producer’s bottom line. The animal eats less, meaning less mass in beef cattle. For dairy farmers, the hurt comes in the form of a 10 to 20 percent loss in milk. Researchers at the University of Missouri think we can change this trend by putting information in the hands of producers. They’ve built a tool that can detect the threat of heat stress in specific animals before it starts.

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5:15 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hoop barns becoming more common in Midwest

Brent Bryant, managing director of Beef Hoop Systems, keeps cattle under a hoop barn at his company's research farm
Rick Frederickson for Harvest Public Media

Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.

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11:26 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Escaped steer shot and killed on East campus lot

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The Columbia Tribune reported this morning that a large and confused steer was loose in Columbia's East Campus. The 1300 pound Angus steer was apparently a privately owned animal that escaped while being transported for slaughter at MU's facilities. One person was injured, and two police vehicles were damaged. Video of the steer on it's morning run here:
A bull that was on the loose in the East Campus neighborhood Tuesday morning was euthanized after a person was injured trying to capture it. Capt. Brian Weimer of the University of Missouri Police Department said he is unsure how the animal became free and the department is investigating.
5:31 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Big trucks on small roads

MoDOT engineers worry that heavier trucks would spell rutted roads in rural Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Cattlemen in Missouri are backing a bill in the House that would increase weight limits for hauling livestock on the state's highways. But department of transportation engineers worry heavier trucks would damage already-strained rural roads.

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