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K-State Forage Facts Notebook

The Kansas livestock industry depends on land across the state to feed a variety of grazing livestock including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and horses. Pastures, alfalfa, silage, and cereal grains are just some of the forage utilized in Kansas. Below is the full publication of the Forage Facts Notebook and then individual publications in the notebook.

Full Publication

Grasses/LegumesManagementDiseasesSupplemental Publications

Forages & Pastures

Dual Purpose Wheat: Improving Grazing Management Using a Smartphone App
Establishing Native Grasses
Estimating the Costs of Managed Haying or Grazing of CRP
Grazing Distribution
Grazing Management : Toxic Plants
Kansas Crop Planting Guide 
Kansas Mesonet (weather stations reports)
Kansas Switchgrass Production Handbook  
Kansas Wildflowers & Grasses
K-State Department of Agronomy - Range and Forage
Maintaining Grass Waterways 
Managing Kansas Grazinglands for Multiple Benefits
Midwest Cover Crops Council – Cover Crop Decision Tool
National Drought Mitigation Center
Nitrate Toxicity
Nontraditional Forages as Emergency or Supplemental Feedstuffs 
Nutrition Evaluation of Grazed Kansas Corn and Sorghum Crop Residues
Prussic Acid Poisoning
Range Grasses of Kansas
Rangeland Brush Management
Rangeland Weed Management
Sericea Lespedeza: History, Characteristics, and Identification
Small Grain Cereals for Forage
Stocking Rate and Grazing Management
Summer Annual Forages: Selection and Production Characteristics
Summer Grazing Strategies for Stocker Cattle in the Kansas Flint Hills
Triticale in Kansas 
Weedy Bromes-Recognizing Them at an Early Stage

Hay and Harvested Forage

Amoniation video
Control and Prevention of Hay Fires 
Determining Forage Moisture Concentration 
Forage Sampling Procedures and Equipment 
Large Round Bale Hay Storage
Large Round Bale Safety 
Management Tips for Round Hay Bales: System Selection, Harvesting, Moving and Storing 
Native Hay Meadow Management 


Livestock Water Systems

Estimating Water Requirements for Mature Beef Cows
How Water Quality and Source Affect Animal Performance - 2005
Waterers and Watering Systems: A Handbook for Livestock Producers and Landowners - 2007


Beef Cow Nutrition Guide
Body Condition Scorecard for Cattle
Creep Feeding Calculator
Guide to Body Condition Scoring of Beef Cows and Bulls
Guide to Body Condition Scoring in Cattle
How Feeding-Site Mud and Temperature Affect Animal Performance - 2005
Management of Cows by Body Condition
Nutritional Composition of Feedstuffs for Beef Cattle 
Questions and Answers on Beef Cattle Nutrition 
Stocker Cattle Management and Nutrition - 1991 
Winter Feeding Sites and Calf Scours - 2006

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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
Bovine Virus Diarrhea 
Johne's Disease 
Pinkeye: Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis

Anaplasmosis in Kansas

Anaplasmosis Symposium

Download presentations and watch videos from the May 11 symposium focused on Anaplasmosis.

  • Anaplasomosis in Cattle: Facts and Fiction — Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kansas State University Dr. Mike Apley, Frick Professor, Clinical Sciences, Kansas State University 
    PowerPoint Slides
  • Diagnostic Considerations and Strategies — Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kansas State University 
    PowerPoint Slides || Watch Video
  • Keeping Anaplasmosis out of your Cow Herd — Dr. Dave Rethorst, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kansas State University Dr. KC Olson, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University 
    PowerPoint Slides || Watch Video || KC Olson Video
  • Flies, Ticks, and Anaplasmosis in Kansas — Dr. Ram Raghavan, Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State University 
    PowerPoint Slides || Watch Video
  •  Can I Vaccinate for Anaplasmosis? — Dr. Gene Luther, AgCenter; Department of Veterinary Science, Louisiana State University 
    PowerPoint Slides || Watch Video
  • Treating Individual Cows and Herds for Anaplasmosis — Dr. Mike Apley, Clinical Sciences, Kansas State University 
    PowerPoint Slides || Watch Video
  • The VFD and Anaplasmosis Infection — Dr. Mike Murphy,  Food and Drug Administration
    Watch Video


Grazing Management: Toxic Plants 
Hairy Vetch Toxicity 
Kochia Toxicity
Sweetclover Toxicity

Other Beef Health Information

All files in pdf format.

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