The beef industry extends messages about nutrition and production practices in part by hosting influencer groups for special ranch tours. Todd Domer says a coalition of state beef councils recently brought dietitians to Kansas for a closer look at how beef gets from gate to plate.
With the primary pasture burning season completed, regulators are assessing the success of the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association takes a look at the final 2017 burning data and how that might factor into the plan in the future.
Beef producers from across the state participating in this year’s Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy gathered in the Kansas City area May 8-10. KLA’s Scarlett Hagins said the class of 20 spent three days learning more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries.
Efforts are underway to rebuild after March wildfires burned ranches in 20 Kansas counties. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says an important deadline is approaching for those who lost fence, cattle, equipment, facilities and feed resources to the fires.
Yet another natural disaster has hit western Kansas, forcing livestock producers to deal with the aftermath of a major spring snowstorm. The list of storm-related issues covered in this week’s program includes locating stray cattle, decreased animal performance and possible disaster payments for cattle losses.
A host of resources are available to Kansas ranchers hit hard last month by wildfire. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association has details on assistance from the private sector and government agencies.
State lawmakers acted on several bills of importance to Kansas agriculture before adjourning the 2017 regular session. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says final action was taken by the Legislature on bills dealing with truck weights and water.
Ranchers who lost cattle, fencing and feed resources to wildfire last month are going through the steps necessary to become eligible for disaster payments from USDA. The Kansas Livestock Association is asking members of Congress and federal agency officials to make these programs more workable for affected producers.
Ranchers will be monitoring a number of factors as the spring burning season gets underway. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says decisions to burn should include consideration for the possible smoke impact on population centers.