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ISSUE DATE: 09/02/2013

Modified stocker situations can help cattle stay healthy

By Kylene Scott

When times are tough or grass is short in supply, traditional livestock production systems often can be modified to include parts of other management systems to take advantage of a factor or factors that may work.

For stocker producers, the greatest potential value historically has been gathering and managing lightweight, high-risk animals for a short period of time and then turning around and selling them. Using a forage-based system is one of the lowest cost solutions to produce quality stocker cattle.

At the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla., researchers worked on a study for a number of years about the rapid receiving and pasturing of stocker cattle. Ryan Reuter, assistant professor at the foundation, said the program can be risky and depend on a couple of factors; it can be profitable if managed right.

Instead of traditional methods of gathering stocker cattle from various sources and penning them together until sufficient numbers are bought and feeding them commercial rations and later health issues are managed after they are turned out. Researchers at Noble in the initial study used their demonstration to see if they bought healthy, fresh cattle and got them turned out on pasture as quickly as possible after purchase, how it would affect the health of the stocker cattle.

“It’s just a rapid receiving system to receive and straighten stocker cattle out,” Reuter said. “Kind of a different mindset than the traditional buy cattle and put them in a dry lot and haul feed to them for five days.”


NEWS

Consumers warned of scams related to Affordable Care Act
Despite opposition, Corps proceeds to dump soil into Missouri River
Farmland values surge despite falling incomes
Governor declares September 'Kansas Preparedness Month'
ISU coordinates STEM grant to certify agricultural education teachers
KC Fed names new Omaha exec
Major wind farm being built in southeast Nebraska
Morgan County Extension to offer ServSafe certification
Net farm income seen to climb 6 percent
Rural Mainstreet Index slips on prices
Sen. Roberts speaks to farmers in Dodge City
Senator encourages producers to remain optimistic
Social Security: Security for some, not for others
Toll free legislative hotline available to Kansas residents
UNL to offer ServSafe training for food handlers
USDA renews agricultural air quality task force, appoints members
USDA rural microentrepreneur loans and grants available
USDA study hints at possible links between soil characteristics and stroke risk
USDA: Funding available to provide safe housing for America's farm laborers
Workshop scheduled Sept. 10 in Plainview

CROPS

2013 Fall Seed Guide now available
2014 Kansas winter canola update
Bulletin examines renewable energy system return on investment
Cleaning up the dirt
Consider options for harvest after frost
European team checks out U.S. durum crops
Extension to hold vegetable production twilight meeting
Extension to host Mid-Missouri Browsing Academy
Farm fields turn dry in central, eastern Minnesota
First grade teacher named ag foundation's teacher of the year
Follow tips to manage corn earworm and western bean cutworm
Getting ready for winter canola
Governor updates drought emergency, warnings, watches in Kansas counties
Great northern beans important to Panhandle's economy
Groups sponsor Kansas Soybean Yield and Quality Contest
Huck Boyd Institute elects officers, board members and senators as honorary co-chairs
Japanese team to examine U.S. wheat crop from farm to port
KAEP promotes ethanol production at Kansas State Fair
Kansas Water Congress meets in Garden City
KDA Photo Contest winners announced
KFAC, KFB to host Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops this winter
K-State's tomato grafting work aims to enhance Great Plains production
Managing northern leaf blight
National Sorghum Producers announces 2013 yield contest
Native grape takes center stage at Sept. 12 Muscadine Workshop
North Dakota, South Dakota produce 85 percent of sunflower crop
NRCS offers online courses for youth, teachers
Plan early to get a head start on successful winter wheat season
Report: Most Kansas farms have access to computers
Scientists find genetic mechanism that blocks pest insects' ability, desire to reproduce
Scout sunflowers for grasshoppers
Secretary of Agriculture appoints Kansas Grape and Wine Advisory Council
Study finds PHS gene that prevents wheat from sprouting
Study focuses on future availability of groundwater in High Plains/Ogallala Aquifer
SUAS: The future of precision agriculture
Texas A&M AgriLife Research releases Blackhawk arrowleaf clover
USW South Korea country director to retire
Weed control strategy destroys weed seed at harvest
World Soy Foundation elects new board of trustees

LIVESTOCK

AHA announces Fall 2013 Gold TPR Breeders, EPDs
American Agriculture Movement opposes efforts to repeal or block COOL
AQHA issues cloning lawsuit update
Auction raises $43,948 for Hereford Research Foundation
Bison transferred to reservation from Yellowstone
Canada requests WTO compliance panel on COOL
Cargill invests $48M in Dodge City, Kan., beef plant order distribution system
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattlemen encouraged to attend Animal Health and Nutrition Ranch Day
Cool is the rule for vaccine handling
First Colorado horse infected with WNV in 2013
HCF hosts annual Wild Horse Open House
Minnesota beef producers to vote on doubling checkoff
Modified stocker situations can help cattle stay healthy
MU researchers study embryonic deaths to find ways to boost beef calf crop
National Red and White convention features tours
Oklahoma experts gathering information on beef quality
Recent rains give cattle producers better outlook
Refined tools help improve quality beef
Sheep industry sets priorities for farm bill conference
Steer feedouts can help producers increase profits
The legacy of the cattle drives: Pop culture or integral innovation
Three animal science professors receive national honors
Trich cases reported in 2 Colorado counties
Vaccinate and prepare valuable calves for market

EDITOR

Fear vs. facts
The Protect Interstate Commerce Act offers state trade solution
The whole story

COLUMNS

Company introduces agriculture app for fleet management
Get off my land
Going to the dogs?
New features added to ag software package
New line of compact tractors introduced
Report suspicious activity to help control cattle theft
When will it be Farmer Week?

MARKETS

Above normal temps push crop development
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Break from the heat minnesota
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Ericson Spalding livestock auction report
Fort Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains give back part of gains
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Hot, dry conditions return
Hot, dry weather stressing crops
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Most areas have light test, others remain steady
Normal temps return missouri
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
Ozarks Regional Stockyards report
Parts of state get much-needed rain
Pratt 3 p.m. livestock auction summary
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Sigourney feeder cattle auction
Springfield livestock dairy heifer sale
Summer heat returns
Superior video sale report
Temps return to normal kansas
Warm temps persist
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Fertilizing fescue requires good understanding of lime, nitrogen and phosphorus
Holistic Resource Management workshops planned
Ranchers should be cognizant of hay usage this winter
Recent rains in Kansas spur bumper crop of hay

FAMILY

4-H volunteer leaders win prestigious honors
Classic Pinehurst has many functional necessities
Dealing with an empty nest
Meditation
Officials work to keep chronic wasting out of Ark.
Organizers hope 4-H opens community doors for Hispanic families
Practice communication skills to grow relationships
Some school districts quit healthier lunch program
Time to dine al fresco
Twilight Garden Series kicks off Sept. 5

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