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.
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUkS7r4Oe8I&feature=player_embedded
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.
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.