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  • Neewollah Names Professional Music Headliner

    Neewollah has announced the professional music headliners for this year’s festival.  Generalissimo Anne Bertie says that country music artist Chase Bryant will perform at this year’s festival on Saturday night, October 26th at Memorial Hall in Independence.  Bryant has had two songs on Billboards Top 10 charts with his hit singles “Take It On Back” and “Little Bit of You.”

     

    Online ticket sales for Chase Bryant will open September 9th and will also be available by phone and at Neewollah Headquarters beginning October 5th.

  • Agreement in Place to Help Fight Robo Calls

     

    Twelve of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies have agreed to adopt a set of principles that will help state attorneys general protect Americans from illegal robocalls. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says one of the most frequent topics that comes up as he travels across Kansas is the explosion in unwanted and often illegal robocalls and how can they be stopped. He says any meaningful solution must be a two-pronged approach involving both technology and law enforcement.

     

    The agreement, signed by Schmidt, attorneys general from the 49 other states and the District of Columbia, as well as representatives from the 12 telecom companies, outline a set of eight principles to fight illegal robocalls through both prevention and enforcement efforts.

  • Garden Club in the Ville

     

    Have a green thumb? Coffeyville's Reawakening is looking at starting a garden club. They are looking for anyone in the community who enjoys nature and wants to make a difference in the community.

     

    If you are interested in joining the club there will be a meeting tomorrow morning at 9:00am at the Coffeyville Reawakening Building at 115th West 9th. They encourage your involvement.

  • Watch Out for Roofing Scams

     

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging residents in Montgomery County to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors following recent severe weather. Schmidt says after storm damage, the instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible. When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check the AG's consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.

     

    The online directory of registrations is available at InYourCornerKansas.org.

     

  • Two Taken Into Custody in Incident Resulting In Lockdown of Caney Schools

    Two people were taken into custody yesterday in an incident in Caney that resulted in the  lockdown of Caney Schools, several intersections being blocked and an evacuation of residents in the area of the 100 block of North Fawn.

     

    Caney Police received information that a residence at 108 N.  Fawn contained possible explosives and explosive making materials.  Due to the nature of the incident assistance was provided by the ATF, KHP Bomb Squad and Montgomery County.  During a sweep of the residence officers found explosive making devices and components along with illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia. 

     

    Taken into custody were 47 year old Seth Thomas and 28 year old Toni Dean, both of whom were transported to the Montgomery County Jail where they are being held facing numerous charges pending upon completion of the investigation.

  • Neewollah On Independence City Commission Agenda

    It may still be August, but not too early to think Neewollah.  Independence City Commissioners will consider a resolution setting the dates for Neewollah as October 18th thru 26th when they meet in regular session tomorow evening.  In other business commissioners will make 4 – 3 year appointments and 3 – 2 years appointments to the economic advisory board.  Commissioners will also consider setting the dates for public hearings for condemnation of numerous structures.  Independence City Commissioners will meet at 5:30 tomorrow evening in the Veterans Room of Memorial Hall.

  • Midland Theater Looking For Classic/New Cars to Cruise

     

    The next outdoor movie night in Coffeyville is this Friday, and with the movie of the night being "Grease," the Midland Theater is looking for classic and new cars to join them for a quick cruise. From 7-8 p.m., those with classic or new cars are invited to cruise downtown and then park in front of the Midland at 8 to stay for the movie if they'd like.

     

    The movie will start after sundown at 8th and Elm.

  • Caney Valley Schools Put In Soft Lockdown

    Caney Valley Kansas Schools were under a soft lock down at both schools as the city looked into a situation on Tuesday afternoon

    Sergeant Natalie Rees with the Caney Police Department said students were safe and accounted during the hour long lockdown.Under the soft lock down, students were not allowed to leave the school and no one was permitted inside the building. However, the students were free to roam around the schools. The Caney Police Department made the call to have the schools conduct the soft lock down to keep students in once central location.

     

    The Caney Valley Schools Facebook Page said all students were safe and accounted for during the incident. Bus routes were delayed by 45 minutes.

  • Coffeyville Man Identified As Drowning Victim

    The man who drowned during a police pursuit by a South Coffeyville police officer last Friday has been identified.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the man as 32 year old Caleb M. O’Donnell of Coffeyville.  O’Donnell drowned in the Verdigris River after wrecking the reported stolen ATV he was driving.  The KBI is investigating the incident and no further information is being released at this time.

     

  • You Drink, You Drive. You Lose.

     

    Citizens are warned that until Labor Day the Coffeyville Police Department will join almost 190 other local and state police agencies across Kansas in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk and other drugged drivers from the roadways. According to KDOT, alcohol and other drugs are implicated in 40% of the crash deaths on Kansas roads. Over the past five years the average proportion of fatality crashes attributable to such impairments was 23%, or almost one-fourth of all fatality crashes.

     

    The agency also reports that crashes involving at least one impaired driver are likely to be more severe than are other crashes.

     

  • KBI Investigates Drowning of Man Being Pursued By South Coffeyville Police

    The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the drowning death of a man Friday afternoon while being pursued by a South Coffeyville Police officer.  According to the Montgomery County Chronicle the man being pursued while driving an ATV that was reportedly stolen from the Interstate Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville on Thursday. 

     

    The ATV was headed south on Highway 169 toward the Oklahoma border.  The South Coffeyville officer began pursuit at a distance when the ATV saw the ATV turn on East 500 Road, through a field toward the Verdigris River.  When the officer caught up he discovered the ATV had crashed into a tree and the man struggling in the river. The Coffeyville Police Department and Fire Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene but were unsuccessful in their attempts throwing a rope trying to rescue the man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

     

    The man has not yet been positively identified but is reported to be a white male in his 20’s.

  • MCAC Works to Keep Business in Coffeyville

     

    A change in ownership to the business Parmac in Coffeyville. With talk of a possible relocation to the east coast, Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon spoke to the county commission for approval to offer Parmac a grant to show them they needed to stay in Coffeyville.

     

    The commission approved the request for MCAC. In other business the commission approved a bid for maintenance on and to replace county mowing equipment.

     

  • LCHS Grad Receives JAB Scholarship

     

    A Labette County High School graduate has won a scholarship through the Inter-State Fair. As part of the Junior Advisory Board, Brittany Monroe from Edna is the recipient of the 2019 JAB scholarship. In high school, Monroe was football manager for four years, baseball manager for three years, and involved in K Club, Letterman’s Club, FFA, Math Club, Art Club, Health Careers, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was on the honor roll all four years of her high school career. Monroe was on the JAB for three years.

     

    As a member of the JAB for the Inter-State Fair, she, along with the other nine members, volunteered her time at monthly meetings, gave input to the fair board, and helped at the event by selling programs, making sure sponsor VIP food and beverage needs were taken care of, and helping with the annual spring livestock show. She recommends JAB membership to others.

  • KGGF Partner With Area Businesses at Junior Livestock Sale

    KGGF Radio along with sister station KRIG partnered with area businesses at the Junior Livestock Sale at this year’s Interstate Fair and Rodeo.  KGGF was involved in the premium purchase of a Crossbred Junior Market Steer raised by Keaton Gillman of Miami, Oklahoma…a Crossbred Junior Market Barrow raised by Deziree Lee of Coffeyville….a Hampshire Junior Market Lamb raised by Andrea Blum of Copan and a Junior Market Goat raised by Larimee Bruce from Caney.  Thanks to all the entrants in this year’s show events at the Interstate Fair and Rodeo.

  • Mud Slinging Action at Interstate Fair and Rodeo

    The 110th Interstate Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville came to a close last night.  Although heavy rains earlier on Saturday threatened to spoil the event strong crowds came out to witness the annual demolition derby.  Although the arena field was a muddy, mess spectators were not disappointed by the action.  Strong crowds also filled the carnival midway and the concessions areas at the Fairgrounds in Walter Johnson Park.  No final numbers on this year’s attendance are available at this time.

  • Dedication Of New Coffeyville Mural

    A dedication of Coffeyville’s new downtown mural was conducted last night.  Denise York with Coffeyville’s Reawakening thanked the crowd for attending along with Security First Title who provided the building canvas, Taylor Crane and Rigging for equipment, Paul Kritz for legal work, the Coffeyville’s Reawakening committee and artist Mike DeRosa.  DeRosa spoke about the vision for the mural.

    He added the mural was the largest project he’s every worked on.  The mural is one of the early projects completed as part of Coffeyville’s Reawakening.     

  • Co-Ed Softball Tournament Next Saturday

     

    The Coffeyville Community College softball team is looking for a few more teams to complete their co-ed slow pitch softball tournament field for next Saturday, August 24th. The entry cost is $200 per team and the tournament will consist of 50 minute games. Girls will hit girls' balls, and there will be 3 home runs allowed per team.

     

    Those interested can visit the CCC Softball Facebook page for more information.

  • ISFR Swine Show Results

     

    A Field Kindley High School sophmore walks away with the Grand Champion Market Barrow at this year's Inter-State Fair. 15 year old Deziree Lee showed a 286 pound cross-bred barrow to take home a purple ribbon and a buckle. Lee who is heavily involved at FKHS is in FFA, on the dance team and is on the honor roll. Lee also showed a second barrow earlier in the day and chose not to show her gilt when she came up lame. Reserve champion was Brenden Anderson from Caney. Judge for the swine shows was Jim Coakley and sponsor of the shows is Blue Moose Outdoor Portables.

     

    Swine Show Results

    Market Barrow

    Grand Champion: Deziree Lee, Coffeyville, Kan. 

    Reserve grand champion: Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.

     

    AOB (All other breeds)

    Champion: Lily Anderson, Caney

    Reserve champion: Cooper Robbins, Lenapah, Okla.

     

    Yorkshire

    Champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita

    Reserve champion: Cameron Vail, Altamont, Kan.

     

    Berkshire

    Champion: Conner Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.

    Reserve champion: McKinzie McAffrey, Welch, Okla.

     

    Duroc

    Champion: Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.

    Reserve champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita, Okla.

     

    Hampshire

    Champion: Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla.

    Reserve champion: Cameron Vail, Altamont, Kan.

     

    Spotted

    Champion: Zoe Dixon, Vinita, Okla.

    Reserve champion: Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla

     

    Cross

    Champion: Deziree Lee, Coffeyville, Kan.

    Reserve champion: Delaney Pippin, South Coffeyville, Okla.

     

    Breeding Stock

    Grand Champion gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney, Kan.

    Reserve champion gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.

     

    Champion commercial gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney, Kan.

    Reserve champion commercial gilt: McKinzie McAffrey, Welch, Okla.

     

    Champion Berkshire gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.

    Reserve champion Berkshire gilt: Tripp Tatum, Wann, Okla.

     

    Champion Chester gilt: Gracey Tignaneli, Delaware, Okla.

     

    Champion Hampshire gilt: Tripp Tatum, Wann, Okla.

    Reserve champion Hampshire gilt: Morgan Hanigan, Oswego, Kan.

     

    Champion Poland China gilt: Kelsey Wall, Bluejacket, Okla.

     

    Champion Spotted Poland China gilt: Brittney Monroe, Edna, Kan.

    Reserve champion Spotted Poland China gilt: Keaton Gillman, Miami, Okla. 

     

    Champion Overall Purebred gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenepah, Okla.

    Reserve champion overall purebred gilt: Maddie Gillman, Miami, Okla. 

     

    Showmanship

     

    Senior showmanship:

    1.Cord Dodson, Liberty, Kan.

    2.Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.

    3.Maddie Gillman, Welch, Okla.

    4.Delaney Pippin, So. Coffeyville, Kan.

    5.Keaton Gillman, Miami, Okla.

     

    Junior showmanship:

    1.Lilly Anderson, Caney, Kan.

    2.Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla.

    3.Kinley Langworthy, Lenepah, Okla.

    4.Parker Midgett, Liberty, Kan.

    5.Colton Moss, Bluejacket, Okla.

  • ISFR Junior Heifer Show Results

     

    The results from the Inter-State Fair Junior Heifer Show are in. This year's Supreme Heifer, a lim-flex, was shown by 15 year old Trace Falkenstien from Bartlett. This is the fourth year he's shown at the Inter-State Fair and he began his career with a Hereford bucket calf. Reserve Supreme Heifer went to Brenley Grigsby. The junior heifer show was sponsored by Community State Bank. The judge of the shows was Head of Livestock Judging at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Blaine French.

     

     

    Junior Heifer Show Results, August 13, 2019

     

    Supreme Heifer: Trace Falkenstien

    Reserve Supreme Heifer: Brenley Grigsby

     

    Champion Angus: Brenley Grisby

    Reserve Champion Angus: Brody Grigsby

     

    Champion Chi: Darla Fesmire

    Reserve Champion Chi: Dexter Small

     

    Champion Charolais: Darla Fesmire

     

    Champion Gelbvieh: Kyle Chapman

    Reserve Champion Gelbvieh: KeatonGilman

     

    Champion Hereford: Emma Pool

    Reserve Champion Hereford: Emma Pool

     

    Champion Limousin: Trace Falkenstien

    Reserve Champion Limousin: Seth Johnson

     

    Champion Maine Anjou: Abby Emberson

    Reserve Champion Maine Anjou: Wyatt Goode

     

    Champion Red Angus: Landry Layton

    Reserve Champion Red Angus: Clint Harrington

     

    Champion Shorthorn: Olivia Gillette

    Reserve Champion Shorthorn: Oakley Carter

     

    Champion Simmental: Paige Atkisson

    Reserve Champion Simmental: Gavin Grigsby

     

    Champion Commercial Heifer: Brenley Grigsby

    Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer: Brody Grigsby

  • ISFR Tractor Pull Results

     

    The motors roared and the smoke poured out over the grandstands at Walter Johnson Park for the first night of entertainment at the 111th annual Inter-State Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville. It was tractor pull night as fans got to watch three classes pro stock, modified and two-wheel drive. The winners of the each class are Steve Bailey from Odessa, Missouri in pro stock class with his tractor “Rut Cutter”, Wayne Longnecker from Cambridge, Iowa in modified with his tractor “River Rat” and Jake Miller of Whitewright, Texas in two wheel drive with his tractor “Bad Decisions”.

     

    Grandstand entertainment tonight is the LJ Jenkins Bull Riding, followed by two nights of PRCA pro rodeo tomorrow and Friday and then the demo derby wraps up fair week on August 17.

     

    Results, Outlaw Tractor Pull – August 13, 2019

    Inter-State Fair and Rodeo, Coffeyville, Kansas

     

    Pro Stock Tractors

    1. Steve Bailey, Odessa, Mo. “Rut Cutter”  337 feet.

    2. Clint Melling, Nordheim, Texas “Bulletproof Buck” 328.93 feet

    3. Grey Porter, Mercer, Mo. “Gang Green” 327.28 feet

    4. Dave Yarick, Rich Hill, Mo. “Dirtslinging  Deere” 321.29 feet

    5. Jim Brackett, Richland, Mo. “Hillbilly X-Press” 304.13 feet

    6. CodyYarick, Rich Hill, Mo. “Gone” 303.41 feet

     

    Modified Tractors

    1. Wayne Longnecker, Cambridge, Iowa “River Rat” 321.94 feet

    2. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “Twisted Whip” 317.29 feet

    3. Cameron Neaves, Meadoo, Texas “Cotton Candy” 316.17 feet

    4. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “Texas Bullwhip” 306.45 feet. 

     

    Two wheel drive

    1. Jake Miller, Whitewright, Texas “Bad Decisions” 309.99 feet

    2. Robert Zajicek, Columbus, Texas “Gun Smoke” 298.77 feet

    3. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “”Lil’ Whip” 275.21 feet

    4. Scott Wilms, Beatrice, Neb. “Inheritance” 272.12 feet

    5. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “Bull Whip Motorsports” 267.30 feet

    6. Dustin Corliss, Cat Springs, Texas “Run and Tell It” 261.56 feet

    7. Cole Zajicek, Columbus, Texas “Texas Two Step” 253.55 feet

    8. Scott Jensen, Dell Rapids, S.D. “American Ethanol” 251.19 feet.

  • Independence Receiving Bids for Water Tower Renovation

     

    The City of Independence is receiving proposals to contract for interior and exterior renovations on the airport's water tower. Bids were first accepted starting in late July, and will continue to be accepted through 2 p.m. on August 15th.

     

    The city is also requesting quotes for striping work at 1300 N. 5th Street to the end of the stadium, and will accept quotes until August 16th.

  • Help End Summer Blood Shortage

     

    With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage. While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

     

    Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting red-cross-blood.org or calling 1-800-Red Cross.

  • Day Out of School to Reward Students for School Participation

     

    Overall student participation at the high school level can be low. It can be a very small number of students who show up to the majority of events. Field Kindley High School Senior Halle Herkelman presented to the USD 445 School Board her idea to improve participation.

     

    Herkelman, who is the daughter of Coffeyville Community College Men's Basketball Coach Jay Herkelman, says she's worked on this plan since last December and then presented it first to Dr. Craig Correll, then the teachers and finally the school board who gave their approval.

  • Another Great Bake Sale During ISFR

     

    The next generation of bakers got to show off their stuff during the bake sale at the 111th annual Inter-State Fair in Coffeyville. Ninety-seven items in three categories, 4-H, open class and educational, were up for auction during the bake sale, with young people doing much of the mixing, baking and decorating. Some of the items sold include chocolate chip cookies for $115, banana nut bread for $110 and a carrot cake for $245. Last year’s bake sale brought in $8,995. The auctioneers for this year’s bake sale were Marty Hill and Dale Baker.

     

    The 111th annual Inter-State Fair and Rodeo kicks off tonight with the Outlaw Tractor Pull.

  • Young Copan Cowboy to Compete at ISFR

     

    A 2018 Copan High School graduate will compete in this year's Interstate Fair and Rodeo. 19 year old Dawson Appleton is a tie-down roper who will compete on Thursday, August 15. Appleton competed in junior and high school rodeo before attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami this past year. He competes in both the tie-down and team roping in college, but will not team rope at Coffeyville.  He’s competed at a handful of rodeos in the Prairie Circuit, just getting himself acclimated to professional competition. Appleton says he's trying to get his feet in the water, to see what it’s like, and to see if it’s what he wants to do.

     

    He will limit his professional competition until he finishes his ag-business degree in college.

  • Back to School Drive Safe

     

    As summer draws to a close, the next couple of weeks are when most Kansas students return back to schools across the state.  AAA Kansas warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before, during and after-school hours.  Nearly one-third of all child pedestrian fatalities in the United States occur between 3:00pm and 7:00pm.   Through its annual “School’s Open, Drive Carefully” public awareness campaign, AAA aims to help reduce child pedestrian fatalities and injuries. 

     

    According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 25 miles per hour is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed as compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just ten mph faster.

  • Museum to Host Art Exhibit

     

    The Historical Cherryvale Museum will host an art exhibit on Sunday, August 18th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Several Cherryvale artists have been invited to display up to four of their works for the afternoon. Artists whose works will be represented include Anke Dotson, Leonard Wren, Carl Brothers, Leonard Wood, Sheila Minnich, Tom Porter, Don Richardson, David Frizell, and Casey Lickteig. Mr. Lickteig is the art instructor at Cherryvale Middle and High School, and some of his student work may be included. The exhibition will be held in the gymnasium at Cherryvale’s Presbyterian Church, located at 211 South Montgomery Street. The Museum, just a block away at 215 East 4th, will also be open Sunday afternoon.

     

    The public is invited. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

  • Texas Company Banned From Kansas

     

    A Texas company has been temporarily banned by court order from doing business in Kansas for failure to respond to an outstanding subpoena. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Student Loan Relief of Dallas, Texas, has been temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas. District Judge Theresa Watson entered an order last week in Shawnee County District Court prohibiting the company from engaging in consumer transactions in Kansas until the court finds it is in compliance with the subpoena.

     

    During the course of the attorney general’s investigation into consumer complaints about the company’s business practices, Student Loan Relief failed to respond to an investigative subpoena in violation of Kansas law. If proven, allegations in the complaints against the company would constitute violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.

  • Over 250 Violent Crime Victims Receive Assistance

     

    The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded financial assistance to 263 victims of violent crime at its August meeting. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says awards were made in 121 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 142 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $259,706.47. The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office administers the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.

     

    Awards are limited to a maximum total amount of $25,000. A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.

  • One Thing Leads to Another

     

    There’s a cause and a consequence for everything.

     

    You can see it in cow herds just before and after calving, says Allison Meyer, animal scientist at the University of Missouri.   

     

    The 5.5% of calf deaths in the United States that occur prior to weaning add up to losses of at least $670 million per year, plenty of economic incentive to find answers. Meyer studies what cows eat in the perinatal period from last trimester to the first three weeks post-calving, and the transfer of nutrients from cow to calf.

     

    “We're particularly interested in how many nutrients are getting to the calf,” she says. “Then, how that affects its growth and development—and ultimately its long-term health, reproductive efficiency and carcass quality.”

     

    Causes for a shift in nourishment available to the calf begin with dietary balance and intake for the cow. How is the forage quality? Is she being supplemented to meet requirements? Is she a heifer that’s still growing or a cow with high lactation potential? Is there heat or cold stress effecting her energy intake or needs?

     

    “When the calf is a fetus, the cow  provides all nutrients through the uterus and placenta,” Meyer says. “Certainly she has to consume the nutrients, digest them, then absorb them and transfer those to the calf. But once the calf is born, it is relying on the cow or the first-calf heifer to make colostrum and milk.”

     

    The calf, in turn, has to be vigorous enough to get the colostrum or milk and have a good enough gastrointestinal (GI) tract or gut to digest and absorb the nutrients and use them.

     

    “We know calves that don't consume as much colostrum and get sick early in life are less likely to grade Choice and less likely to have a high weaning weight,” Meyer says. “It needs colostrum really early” and can only use available nutrients if the gut can digest and absorb those so the calf can “stay warm, finish development and grow up.”

    We ask a lot of the newborn calf GI tract, she says.

     

    “The gut is trying to deal with all the pathogens that are coming in from the outside, so it's important to make sure it's developed appropriately,” Meyer says, explaining why calves need colostrum to create passive immunity. 

     

    Newborn calves have few nutrient stores, relying on nutrients from the cow to ensure their vigor, development and production. That starts before birth, she says: “From the post-weaning period until the calving period, we need to make sure cows are maintaining or gaining body condition.”

     

    Cutting back to where females lose weight risks creating runts that can’t fully express their genetics.

     

    “We want calves to match their genetic potential as a fetus because the growth and development they’re doing then is setting them up for everything they will do after birth,” Meyer says.

     

    “We don’t want to decrease fetal growth or decrease birth weight by restricting or taking feed away from a cow or heifer while she's pregnant,” she says. “If we want to decrease birth weight because we’re worried about dystocia, we really need to make sure we do that genetically. We want the genetics of the calf to tell it how much to grow as a fetus.”

     

    Feeding pregnant cows appropriately leads to their calves’ independent health. 

     

    “Our goal is for calves to be born alive,” Meyer notes. “How we keep them alive is to make sure they get the nutrients they need before they are born, and then continue to get the nutrients they need after they are born.”

     

    In a lifetime of causes and consequences, she says, “It’s important to focus on the pre-weaning calf, because regardless of what type of beef producer we have, whether they're trying to produce the next national champion bull or just calves to take to the sale barn at weaning, how many live to weaning and how ready they are for the next phase of their life matters to everybody.”

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