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 By Donald Stotts    Local    July 3, 2020 

Horse owners need to be on lookout for blister beetles

STILLWATER, Okla. – Some Oklahoma horse owners are fighting an incursion of blister beetles that have moved into their facilities from the alfalfa fields, Oklahoma State University Extension experts said. “Consistent periods of hot, dry weather...

 By Donald Stotts    Local    May 24, 2020

Physical conditioning important for previously idle horses

STILLWATER, Okla. – In movies it is not unusual to see a cowboy ride his horse forever, through all types of weather and terrain. In reality, horses are equine athletes that must be properly conditioned to perform as needed. “The general design...

 By Donald Stotts    Local    May 22, 2020

Oklahoma beef producers facing coronavirus disruptions head on

STILLWATER, Okla. – Meat plant closings, market disruptions and the slow recovery in cattle prices this spring – largely attributable to the coronavirus pandemic – have hit beef producers hard, with those in the Oklahoma Panhandle being among...

 By Donald Stotts    Local    April 26, 2020

SUNUP to feature sneak peek of OSU virtual wheat tour

STILLWATER – Social distancing mandates may have canceled field days many agricultural producers depend on, but wheat growers can get a sneak peek of Oklahoma State University’s 2020 wheat tour virtually starting April 25 on OSU Extension’s...

 By Donald Stotts    Local    April 26, 2020

Small flock production provides benefits, but good management remains a must

STILLWATER – Backyard poultry producers may find themselves able to offset increased prices for eggs as Oklahoma and the nation deal with COVID-19 concerns. “Eggs in many stores have been going for about $3 per dozen, and in some places concerns...

 By Donald Stotts    Local    April 3, 2020

Horse owners urged to plan care during pandemic

STILLWATER, Okla. – While the primary concern of the COVID-19 pandemic is for human health, horse owners should have plans in place to ensure proper care of their horses in case of sickness and hospitalization, Oklahoma State University Extension...

 By Donald Stotts    Local    March 29, 2020

Cow-calf producers may find two-stage weaning process useful

STILLWATER, Okla. – Cattle producers with fall-calving herds who are contemplating upcoming weaning choices have several options to reduce animal stress. “Many people eat a lot when they are stressed, but calves tend to do the opposite,” said...


Response deadline looms for custom rates survey sent to Oklahoma agricultural producers

A number of agricultural producers throughout Oklahoma should be taking steps to fill out and mail back a custom rates survey they received from Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service....


Cattle producers should watch for signs of blackleg and anthrax after floodwaters recede

Livestock producers who recently experienced flooding events need to be on the lookout for signs of blackleg and anthrax in their cattle. “Incidences of both diseases can easily occur in periods of dry weather after floodwaters recede,” said Dr....


Cattle producers should examine animals for signs of foot rot

The excessive amounts of rainfall that have inundated parts of Oklahoma over the past few weeks is a warning sign for cattle producers to keep an eye out for lameness in their animals. “Lameness is the first sign of foot rot, an acute and highly in...


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