Cows a a fair

Beat the heat from farm to fair with these tips

Fair season and heat put three key groups at risk of heatstroke: livestock, their owners and spectators. Timing and flexibility are critical when transporting animals to and from the fair, says Daniel Mallory, University of Missouri livestock field specialist. Take animals to the fair early in the morning when temperatures are cooler so animals remain […]

Cow and cattle herd

Five ways to help cows beat the summer heat

As summer temperatures rise, dairy animals benefit from heat abatement, says Joe Zulovich, a University of Missouri Extension specialist in livestock housing systems. Lactating cows face the most risk from heat, says Zulovich. Dry cows and pre-weaned calves also fare better with heat abatement systems in place. Heat abatement systems are economically beneficial for dairy […]

Pemberton Cattle

Rotational grazing benefits cattle herd

Twenty-five years ago, Brian Pemberton bought acreage filled with thorn trees, scrub brush and multiflora roses. The only water source was a frog pond. The land needed four things: a road, buildings, fences, and water. Thanks to hard work and cost-share programs, those goals were met. Grazing Acres Farm is now complete with a solid […]

WIC Women Infant Children

Missouri WIC program goes electronic

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is offering families a new way to shop for WIC-approved food using an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, eWIC. Families participating in WIC in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Miller, Moniteau and Osage counties will be the first to use the new eWIC […]

Missouri Department of Conservation proposes new efforts to limit spread of CWD

The Missouri Department of Conservation is increasing its efforts to slow the spread of the deadly deer disease called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) throughout Missouri by proposing new regulations that would change requirements for transporting deer carcasses and add carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists. If approved, the regulations would become effective Feb. 29, […]