Cow grazing in pasture

Improving cattle grazing fescue pastures with legumes

Cattle producers see more profit when they add legumes to fescue pastures and manage grazing systems properly, says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. Fescue remains the hardy mainstay of southwestern Missouri pastures. Adding legumes gives fescue fields more nutritional punch and profit, Davis says.  Proper management is key to making grasses and […]

Feeding cattle (cows, livestock)

Feeding corn to cows replaces hay, but care is needed when adding starch to diets

Wintering cows in a year with bad hay or shortages of hay proves challenging to beef farmers with the prolonged drought last summer upsetting haymaking plans. Beef nutritionist Eric Bailey, University of Missouri Extension, answered farmers’ questions December 2nd at the Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville.  His topic: “Winter Feeding With Expensive Hay.”  Less hay can […]

Corn in Beginning Stages of Drought

Test cornstalks for nitrates before feeding

Test baled cornstalks for nitrate levels and feed them to cattle with caution, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz. MU Extension agronomists across the state report high nitrate levels caused by this summer’s drought. County MU Extension centers offer nitrate testing. Before feeding cornstalk bales, it is important to know nitrate levels […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission introduces “AquaSmart” broadband internet

The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission is introducing a broadband delivery concept, called AquaSmart, to deliver fiber to 10 counties in North Central Missouri. The Water Commission is responsible for building the East Locust Creek Reservoir, which will provide a water supply to Sullivan, Grundy, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, Adair, Macon, Chariton, Linn, and Livingston […]

Home Packed School Lunch

24 tips for packing a healthy, affordable lunch

Parents often go to great lengths during the school year to be sure their children have the right equipment—pens, notebooks, clothing—to make it through the day. “Proper nutrition is also a key ingredient for school success because it fuels brain cells and gives your child the energy and nutrients he or she needs for optimal […]