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 […]

Holiday Greenery

Deck the halls with boughs of caution

Keep safety in mind when decorating with holiday greenery. Evergreens, holly, mistletoe and other traditional yuletide plants can pose risks, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. In days of old, people rarely brought holiday greenery into the home before Christmas Eve, Trinklein says. Doing so was considered bad luck for the coming year. […]

Samaritan Purse website

You can help locally with Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child

Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect 11 million gift-filled shoe boxes worldwide in November. Shoe boxes can be dropped off at about 5,000 locations, which include the Activity Center of the First Baptist Church of Trenton and the Cornerstone Church of Chillicothe, November 12th through 19th. Operation Christmas Child spokesperson Belinda Hogan says […]

Large bale of hay

Ammoniation demonstrations set in Northeast Missouri

Livestock producers can stretch short supplies of hay this year by using a simple ammonia treatment on bales, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Zac Erwin. Erwin and MU Extension agronomy specialist Valerie Tate will lead-free hay ammoniation demonstrations Oct. 9 and Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. to show farmers how to boost the […]

Fire Truck

Barn catches fire in Mercer County

The Mercer County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a barn fire south of Princeton on Jasmine Road Wednesday. The fire protection district reports crews found a hangar-style shed with thick black smoke coming from the roof. A neighbor had closed the main doors to keep the fire from spreading to nearby plastic […]

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 […]