Alternative forage options during and after drought

Widespread drought conditions during the 2018 growing season in most of Missouri resulted in hay and forage shortages, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Dhruba Dhakal. Dhakal offers some alternative/emergency forage options to feed beef cattle during fall, winter, and spring. Stockpiling tall fescue If fescue stands are strong, stockpiling tall fescue is one of […]

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Cows heat stressed after breeding may have unseen pregnancy losses

Prolonged heat stress this year may bring a smaller calf crop next year. Herd owners are seeing cows known to be pregnant coming back into heat to be rebred. Pregnancy losses are due to several reasons, says Scott Poock, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian. “The first is increased internal temperature of the cow.”  In July, […]

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First Baptist Church in Cameron to present “Shelter from the Storm”

The First Baptist Church in Cameron presents a walk-through drama, “Shelter from the Storm,” on four dates in October. The Judgement House drama involves a family deciding to take a deep-woods camping adventure to escape stress at home. Promoters say the family members don’t know their disagreements will pale compared to the thunderstorm they’re about […]

Farm News

As meat supplies grow for export demand, trade and tariff doubts hurt on-farm prices

Large supplies of meat and dairy, possibly record-setting tons, are coming to U.S. consumers. For consumers, this can be good news with lower prices at grocery cases. For producers of beef, pork, chicken, and milk it doesn’t bode so well.  In a mid-year baseline update for livestock and dairy, University of Missouri economist Scott Brown […]

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Livingston County Health Center to offer “Mindful Meditation” series

The Livingston County Health Center will begin a Mindful Meditation Series next week. The Eight Pillars of Joy series will be held in the Health Center classroom each Tuesday evening at 5:30 starting September 4th. Cristina Clerico will lead the classes, which the Health Center notes are based on a meeting between Archbishop Desmond Tutu […]

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Audio: How the information you submit helps to determine drought response

Over the past several weeks, much has been said about the U.S. Drought Monitor and the outline of drought impacted counties across northern Missouri. The Drought Monitor summary map identifies areas of drought and labels them by intensity. D-1 is the least intense level and D-4 is the most intense. The latter designation from last […]

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Farm, Family & ME! event for women in ag set for Sept. 13-14 in Jefferson City

Gov. Mike Parson will be among the speakers at the Farm, Family & ME! Summit for Women Sept. 13-14 at the Missouri Farm Bureau headquarters in Jefferson City. University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Karisha Devlin says the two-day event offers women in agriculture an opportunity to hear from top-notch speakers and entrepreneurs. In […]


Chopped corn silage offers better control for beef producers

Farmers are looking to drought-stressed corn for silage and balage to stretch limited hay supplies. Chopped corn silage offers beef producers better options than balage, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz.  Silage allows better control of the amount of high-energy feed for wintering cattle, Schmitz says. Balage offers less flexibility and control […]

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Trenton police arrest man on violation of protection order

A Laredo resident was arrested Sunday by Trenton Police on two misdemeanor counts involving another individual. Fifty-one-year-old Duane Lawrence Jeffers Junior is charged in Grundy County with an alleged violation of a protection order for another adult as well as second-degree harassment. Bond is $5,000 cash with Jeffers to appear August 14th in the Associate Division […]

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Small grain crops seeded this fall replace dry pastures for cow herds

Seeding winter annual small grain offers fall grazing for beef cow herds short on grass and hay. “Lots of calls are coming in,” said Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. He offers encouraging words and cautions.  Interest grew as some local USDA Farm Service Agency offices offer added drought disaster assistance. Drilling wheat, […]

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University of Missouri equine clinician offers advice on respiratory disease

Rhodococcus equi is a bacterial organism found in dry and dusty soil in horse environments that can cause pneumonia in young foals. A zoonotic disease, Rhodococcus equi can also infect people who are immunocompromised, such as HIV-AIDS patients. Philip Johnson, a professor of equine internal medicine in the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, […]

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Drought cuts pasture growth; farmers face culling cow herds

In dry weather with short pastures, Missouri cow-herd owners face tough culling decisions. One way to match cows’ needs to available grass is to sell cows.  Give careful thought to which grass eaters go first, says Eric Bailey, University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist. Under drought stress, identifying those cows becomes urgent. The first cut is […]


Meditation classes to be offered at Livingston County Health Center

A woman who started meditating 30 years ago and has been teaching for more than 10 years will lead meditation classes at the Livingston County Health Center in Chillicothe. The series of Mindful Meditation Classes led by Cristina Clerico will be held in the health center classroom Tuesday evenings at 5:30 with classes to begin […]