Time limited for area cattlemen to rejuvenate herds after hard winter
This past winter hit some area cattlemen hard, causing losses in calving and herd health as cattle struggled with self-preservation in the severe cold temperatures. "Some mamas abandoned their calves at birth," said Dr. John Harper, D.V.M. with the Animal Clinic of Monett. "They were in self-preservation mode. They just didn't have what it took to survive and take care of their calves."...
Ranchers on the lookout for pigweed as weather warms
As the weather gets warmer, a plant that ranchers will be on the lookout for is spiny amaranth, more commonly known as spiny pigweed. Pigweed is prolific seed, meaning it produces in abundance by spreading seeds. "It's an obnoxious plant," said Tim Schnakenberg, regional agronomy specialist at the University of Missouri Extension. "Cattle go around it when the pasture is infested, and they won't graze near it."...
Cassville FFA adopts highway
Members of the Cassville FFA recently picked trash up along a two-mile stretch of Highway 37. Afterward, participants returned to the Cassville agriculture department for hot dogs, chips and drinks and to watch a movie. Participants included: Neeral Patel, Stussy Stephenson, Will Edmondson, Colton Dilbeck, Jake Wolf, Natasha Webb, Alex Uribe, Tim Phelps, Randall Robbins, Kaleb Kalbaugh, Johnathon O'Neil, Ashley Cousins and Taner Wright...
Local daycares will not face charges
Recently, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services sent letters to Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox requesting he take action against seven unlicensed facilities in and around the Cassville area. Cox, who believes childcare decisions should be made by parents, has decided not to file charges against the facilities...
Farmers need to remember dangers of high heat
Summer's high temperatures and humidity have been relentless in southwest Missouri. As heat advisories continue, farmers should remember the dangers of high heat as they head to the fields, according to Amanda Marney, agriculture preparedness specialist, University of Missouri Extension...
Entries for hay show due July 10
It is time for landowners and hay producers to start making entries to the Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. The entry deadline is July 10; judging takes place the day before the fair opens...
Feedout shows average profit of $120 per head
The results of the 2010-11 Missouri Steer Feedout were revealed during a program held June 23 in Mt. Vernon. "Participants were pleased because they learned a lot about their cattle's performance and they all made a nice profit," said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension...
Monett Regional Junior Livestock Show to be held Saturday
The Monett Regional Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday, June 18, at the Monett South Park, south of the soccer fields. Access is available from Waldensian Road to the east of the park. The event is open to all southwest Missouri youth. Registration information is available by contacting the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 417-235-7919. Participants can register the day of the event...