Maine Farmcast

Maine Farmcast podcast artworkThe Maine Farmcast features weekly conversations with experts from across the country sharing insights and advice for both new and seasoned farmers running operations of any size. Hosted by three livestock specialists from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the show brings you world-class expertise paired with practical advice about how to apply cutting-edge research to improve the efficiency and sustainability of your farming operation.


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  • Episode 01: Ventilation with Dr. Morgan Hayes
    Colt Knight interviews Dr. Morgan Hayes, an assistant extension professor and extension agent from the University of Kentucky, who shares expertise on livestock facilities, ventilation in barns, and sustainable farming practices. She provides valuable insights on creating conducive environments for livestock and practical tips and expert advice about enhancing livestock health and improving farming practices.
  • Episode 02: Swine Industry with Dr. Brett Kaysen
    Colt Knight interviews Dr. Brett Kaysen, senior vice president for the National Pork Board, during the National Swine Education and Outreach Professionals conference in Minneapolis. They discuss Dr. Kaysen’s journey from academia to industry, his current role, and the Pork Board’s initiatives, focusing on research, education, and sustainability within the pork industry. Dr. Kaysen also highlights resources available for producers and the importance of diverse production systems across the U.S.
  • Episode 03: Western Beef Cattle with Scott Jensen
    Colt Knight chats with Scott Jensen, a beef cattle extension specialist from Idaho, about the differences in cattle farming across the U.S., focusing on forage and herd management. Scott shares insights from his extensive experience in the industry, including the use of artificial insemination and managing large rangeland pastures. Their conversation highlights the unique challenges and techniques in cattle farming between the eastern and western states.

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