Amazing Grazing 2: Ruminants Both Great and SmallKFU2016-11-04T21:45:56-05:00
About the Amazing Grazing II Project
The Amazing Grazing II project brings more than twelve educational opportunities to Kansas cattle, goat and sheep producers between August 2014 and March 2015.
Topics include grazing, cover crops, pasture soil health, herd health, fencing and water development, proactive disaster planning, meat processing and marketing, as well as value-added opportunities with animal fiber & dairy.
Amazing Grazing II continues to focus on cattle with seven events covering topics such as: winter & year-round grazing; water & fencing; cover crops; windbreaks for winter protection; processing & direct marketing; and soil health. See the schedule!
Amazing Grazing II adds small ruminants with eleven events covering topics such as: value-added opportunities with both animal fiber and dairy; water & fencing; processing & direct marketing; and hands on herd health health. See the list!
By Tom Parker The booming popularity of goats, alpacas, sheep and other non-traditional species for livestock production has created new markets and avenues of revenue for producers willing to learn [...]
Offered in conjunction with the Women Managing the Farm conference. February 4 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Pottorf Hall, Riley County Fairground, Cico Park, Manhattan, KS. Register for this free workshop [...]
Melissa Wahl provided participants at the February 4, 2015 Meat Processing and Marketing for Optimal Sales workshop a set of carcass meat cuts for beef, pork, sheep and goats. Many of today's consumer's have no idea where many of [...]
Rosanna Bauman’s USDA-Inspected poultry processing facility serves the majority of direct-marketed poultry producers in NE Kansas and her family markets their own birds to restaurants, grocers and area co-ops. Rosanna provided insight on how to be a good partner [...]
Brad Dieckmann brings more than 25 years experience as owner of a processing facility and provided tips on improving relationships with processors by explaining the processor’s experience during the February 4, 2015 Meat Processing and Marketing for Optimal Sales [...]
This guide is meant to provide basic information to those interested in looking at starting a dairy goat farm as a business. Other books cover the detailed management of dairy goats while this guide seeks to touch on those [...]
Helpful table listing medications commonly used with goats and the required withdrawal time. Medications Commonly Used in Goats Patty B. Scharko, DVM and Terry Hutchens Clemson University Download Publication PDF 59 KB
Part 2 of a six part series on Worm Control in Goats This article develops understanding of the biology of the worm, how sheep and goats become infected and using that knowledge to develop management practices to help control [...]
Workshop introduction by Dr. Joel DeRouchey, KSU Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Livestock Nutrition and Environmental Management Specialist Presentation by Todd Barrows, Kansas State FSA Office, Agriculture Program Specialist
Dr. Charles Barden, Kansas State Forester – K-State Research & Extension; Todd Barrows, Kansas State FSA Office, Agriculture Program Specialist; and Dr. Justin Smith, DVM Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health, take questions from the crowd during [...]
Presenter panel answers attendee questions. Panel members: Ken Powell, KDHE Bureau of Waste Management, Solid Waste Permits Section Dr. Joel DeRouchey, KSU Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Livestock Nutrition and Environmental Management Specialist Anthony Ruiz, Central Kansas Extension [...]
Electric fencing offers two major advantages over other types of fencing. One is cost. The cost to install a four-strand, barbed-wire fence is about $5,000 per mile. The cost to install a typical, single-wire, electric fence is about $1,600 [...]
Water is commonly the weakest link in grazing systems because it is the most overlooked and neglected nutrient on farms. Many people do good jobs ensuring that the pasture, hay and grain they feed to livestock is high quality [...]
Management-intensive Grazing is the intensifying of management of the ranch and forage resources not the grazing. Plants capture solar energy. MiG balances grazing, rest, and consumption of various plant species to harvest and turn the solar energy into a [...]
When selecting the species most suited to a grazing situation, producers should answer a few questions as to how their personal goals play into a proper choice. Are they interested in bottom line profits, fun, value added products, as [...]
Many small scale family operations struggle with the decision to add an additional type of animal enterprise and if it has economic returns. This article addresses the returns of four possible animal scenarios for a 50 acre farm; 1) [...]
For a small farm, sheep have several advantages; biological, physical and economical. Sheep can provide meat, wool and dairy. The amount of forage needed to support one cow will raise eight ewes. Eight ewes are much cheaper to purchase [...]
Carbon dioxide, water, soil minerals and solar energy combine to grow the plant that animals consume to produce meat, milk and fiber. The four key ecosystem processes should determine a producer’s grazing management. Ranchers should strive to build a [...]
Feeding hay is fairly simple, but all of the tasks that come with growing, harvesting, transportation or acquisition and feeding come with a price. To achieve year round grazing successfully the livestock demands and forage supply must be balanced. [...]
Prior to the latter part of the 20th Century, mixed crop and livestock operations were the norm in the US. As mechanization increased crop diversity decreased and fewer farmers control the land. Prior to this change, animals provided an [...]
Knowing that there is no such thing as a free lunch, ranchers continually ask “How much will this cost me? and… Is it worth it?” Putting together a figure for the cost of an improvement to the ranch is [...]
The top five most expensive line items are addressed using 2013 figures provided by Kansas State University Farm Management Services. The most expensive cost for livestock producers is winter feed mainly hay, followed by summer pasture costs as second. [...]
This article discusses the two approaches to grazing cell design: Fixed using permanent fencing and water sources or temporary that utilizes temporary fence and moveable water tanks. In either situation attention should be given to layout, functionality and ease [...]