Agriculture is very important to the economy of the counties in the Frontier Extension District. The agronomic value of crops and livestock in the district is nearly 250 million dollars. This comes from 615,000 acres of cropland and 530,000 acres of pasture and hay ground. Approximately half the value of production is from crops and half from livestock.
Beef cattle are the predominant livestock species within the district. From the counties in the Frontier Extension District, there are nearly 120,000 head of beef cattle. Of those, 40,000 head are cows and the remainder are calves, stocker cattle, and fed cattle. Dairy, swine, goats, and poultry production also add to the economic impact of agriculture to the district.
*Information from Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service and the 2012 Census.
Cattle Hair Shedding & Heat Stress
Cattle that are well-suited to their environment are more profitable. Not only are well-adapted cattle more productive, but they also require fewer inputs and interventions. It is estimated that cattle suffering from fescue toxicosis and heat stress alone cost the beef industry over a billion dollars a year. Cattle that are adapted to their environment suffer less stress. This improves the animal’s well-being, which is important to cattle producers, beef consumers, and society. One of the greatest environmental challenges for beef producers in many parts of the U.S. is heat stress.
Electric Fencing Videos
Electric fencing is an effective way to control livestock on most farms. It offers two major advantages over other types of fencing, cost, and ease of construction. When purchasing components for your fence, buy the best quality that you can find, something that will last the life of the fence. Approach electric fence construction with the same frame of mind and the same skills as you would with any electrical wiring. Getting shocked by a low impedance charger won't kill you, but you may think you're dead.
Electric Fencing - Episode 1
Electric Fencing – Episode 2: Charging Systems
Electric Fencing – Episode 3: Ground Systems
Electric Fencing – Episode 4: Lightning Protection
Electric Fencing – Episode 5: Permanent Fence
Electric Fencing – Episode 6: Tools & Accessories
Electric Fencing – Episode 7: Temporary Fencing
Electric Fencing – Episode 8: Gates
Electric Fencing – Episode 9: Corner Posts
KSRE Beef Cattle Videos
Beef Cattle Pregnancy Analytical App (2:30 min.)
Pregnancy Analytics Phone App: K-State Veterinarian, Bob Larson, explains how it helps collect herd preg-check data at chute-side for instant recording and analysis.
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Breeding Soundness Exams (3:28 min.)
Angus VNR: Mind Your Management (2:32 min.)
Retaining Heifer Calves (2:57 min.)
Implants for Suckling Calves (3:33 min.)
How to Better the Cowherd (3:04 min.)
Two-Stage Weaning (2:31 min.)
Temple Grandin on Stockmanship (2:54 min.)
Managing Livestock in Winter (2:58 min.)
Livestock BioSecurity (3:02 min.)
Breeding Soundness Exams (3:28 min.)
Vaccines: Handle with Care Educational Video
A strong vaccination program can have a sizable impact on a cattle herd, saving money and improving the herd's health. This publication highlights how to transport, store and use vaccines properly. It also provides step-by-step instructions for constructing a cooler to keep vaccines the proper temperature while being used.
Monitoring Nutrient Status of Beef Cows
Managing cows through the winter provides different challenges compared to managing those same cows during the growing season. The following article describes two simple tools producers can use to monitor nutrient status and ensure the cow's requirements are being met.
Monitoring Nutrient Status of Beef Cows (pdf)