cattle http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Reclaims Second Highest Beef Cow Count in US http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-reclaims-second-highest-beef-cow-count-us <p>Missouri has retaken its position as the number two beef cow producer in the nation. The USDA’s <a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/Catt/Catt-01-31-2014.pdf">annual inventory</a> shows the state surpassed Nebraska with a 63,000-increase in cows from 2012 to 2013.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dry weather across the country had a lot to do with Missouri reclaiming the spot which it held from 1983 to 2008, said University of Missouri agriculture economist Scott Brown.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:42:05 +0000 Joseph Leahy 33785 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Reclaims Second Highest Beef Cow Count in US Elk released from holding pen, some with new calves http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-released-holding-pen-some-new-calves <p>The elk brought to Missouri early last month as part of a restoration project have been released from their holding pen.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Conservation released the 34 elk along with five newborn calves on Wednesday.</p><p>The adult elk and calves have been fitted with GPS radio collars as part of a cooperative research project with the University of Missouri-Columbia. The collars will help researchers track the elk&#39;s health, movement patterns and preferred types of vegetation.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:18:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1354 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Elk released from holding pen, some with new calves Elk reintroduction: a different kind of Missouri comeback http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-reintroduction-different-kind-missouri-comeback <p><br /><em>You can also see <strong>photos</strong> of the elk and find out more about the reintroduction above. And, for more information about&nbsp; the elk restoration efforts prior to their arrival in Missouri, see the <strong>video</strong> below the story text.</em></p><p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-966265.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-966265.mp3</a></p><p>Starting tomorrow*, elk will be back in Missouri. They haven&rsquo;t been here since the mid-1800s, when hunting and habitat loss drove eastern elk to extinction.</p><p>States from Arkansas to Pennsylvania have since reestablished their elk populations. And now Missouri is trying to do the same.</p><p>But not everyone is happy about the state&rsquo;s elk reintroduction plans.</p><p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:48:32 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1069 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Elk reintroduction: a different kind of Missouri comeback