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Cow Nutrition Considerations at Calving and Early Lactation

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Sun, 01/29/2023 - 16:21
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

This article was originally featured in Progressive Cattle.


How Much Pasture do I Need and What are AUMs?

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Sun, 01/29/2023 - 16:10
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Determining how much pasture is needed for summer grazing can be difficult. There are many factors that affect pasture productivity including current year precipitation amounts and timing and previous year growing season’s conditions. The drought conditions that much of the U.S. experienced last year limited the amount of energy plants were able to store, especially if they were heavily grazed. It is important to consider this when developing a grazing plan for this year. This will aide in understanding how to set stocking rates and prevent further damage.


Winter Tick

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Sun, 01/29/2023 - 13:18
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Winter has been much colder than last year. The colder temperatures enhance “Winter Tick” survival. Yes, we do have a tick species in Nebraska that is very active during winter, and it can impact livestock. Over the last 10 years I have received numerous tick specimens in January, February, and March. All specimens were removed from horses. Now is the time to carefully examine horses for the winter tick.


Sire Selection FAQs

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Sun, 01/29/2023 - 12:55
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Given bull sale season is underway, addressing a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) might prove helpful as you begin to consider what bull(s) to buy this spring and the tools you use to select them.

1.       I keep my own replacement heifers but also retain ownership on cattle through the feedyard. How can I keep cow weight down but ensure that hot carcass weights do not go down?


Limit Feeding Cows Corn as an Alternative to Hay

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 17:11
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The lack of forage due to drought and current hay prices have producers considering alternative options for feeding cows this winter. One competitive option to consider is replacing some hay in the diet with corn. Since corn has a higher energy content than hay, the cost of feeding hay is often higher than corn on a price per pound of energy basis. For example, corn priced at $6.76/bushel ($241/ton) with a total digestible nutrients (TDN) value of 88% equates to approximately $0.16 per pound of TDN while hay priced at $205/ton with a TDN value of 52% is nearly $0.22 per pound of TDN.


Additional Calculating Annual Cow Costs Webinar Series to be Offered: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 15:42
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Due to demand, a second webinar series on calculating annual cow costs will be offered starting in late February and running through early April. Being able to calculate and know total cow costs is foundational for evaluating and making management decisions that can improve profitability for a cow-calf enterprise. Significant increases in input costs are challenging producers to examine cost of production and identify where there may be opportunities to adjust the production system.


Preparing for the Calving Season

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 10:02
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

1. Pay attention to nutrition needs of bred heifers or cows prior to calving.

Adequate body condition at the time of calving for young females and mature cows is important as it impacts stamina during delivery of the calf, colostrum quality, calf vigor, and also impacts subsequent rebreeding.


Managing Hypothermia in Newborn Calves

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 20:13
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Plans for calving season should include how to identify and manage cold stress in newborns. In the 2007 National Animal Health Monitoring System report, 25.6% of operations reported weather as the main cause for death in calves less than 3 weeks old.  Preventing hypothermia is vital to survival in the newborn.


Spring Annual Forages

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 14:02
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

With spring not far off, it is time to start planning and thinking about any spring annual forages that we might plant.  Part of the process may be anticipating a need for extra feed or booking seed early. 


Four Rural Prosperity Nebraska Extension Educators Among New Cohort of Fellows for the Center for Great Plains Studies

The Center for Great Plains Studies has welcomes 15 new Great Plains Fellows into their ranks. Through museum exhibits, periodicals and scholarly programs, the Center explores the relationship between the region’s natural environment and the generations of people who have inhabited it.

How to Increase Your Happiness in 2023—Part 2

In week 2 of “The Science of Well-Being,” we learn about misconceptions around happiness. When it comes to happiness, knowing is not half the battle, and our intuitions are often wrong. Even if we know what we need to do to be happier, actually changing our behavior is difficult because we default into the same routines. (Note—if you haven’t read the book Atomic Habits, by James Clear, I would highly recommend it to help you to change your habits).

Is Your Community a Destination Location for Weddings?

By the time this column gets published, my daughter will be married. That got me thinking about how weddings play into a community’s economic development and people attraction efforts.

Como Satisfacer Las Necesidades De Agua Del Ganado en El Corral De Engorde

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:28
Friday, January 20, 2023 Varios factores afectan el consumo de agua; pero la temperatura, la humedad y la ingesta de alimento son los principales. Además, los primeros eventos de calor de la temporada (finales de mayo y principios de junio, en el hemisferio norte) son los más estresantes para el ganado: el ganado generalmente está alcanzando el peso y la condición de faena, no están aclimatados al calor y no se han perdido aun de su pelaje de invierno. Esta transición también puede tomar desprevenidos a los gerentes y al personal, ya que pueden estar concentrados en la gestión del feedlot a fines del invierno.Spanish: Spanish

FarmBits Podcast: Pest Predictions with Pattern Ag

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 18:51
Featuring Mike Tweedy of Pattern Ag, who discusses the company's digital tools for pest management and fertility, data collection through soil samples and using pressure panels to predict rootworm and disease issues.

2023 Nebraska Soil Health Conference Set for Feb. 9 near Mead

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 18:32
The 2023 conference will feature numerous discussions on soil health, including diversified crop rotations, interseeding cover crops, biochar and Kernza.

Registration Open for Local Food and Healthy Farms Conference

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 18:13
Flame weeder equipment is used on a field during a Systems Approach to Weed Control workshop. (Photo courtesy Nebraska Today | James Huenefeld) Free to attend, the conference will feature sessions on farm financial and transition planning, farm skills, field crops, livestock, farm and food policy, and more.

Private Pesticide Training Offered by Zoom for 2023

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 17:59
Zoom training sessions will focus on pesticides for corn and soybean on March 8 and April 4, and for pastures on March 21.

TAPS Program Celebrates Winners of Sixth Annual Competition

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 17:25
Notable in the 2022 competition results was the sorghum contest, wherein Tracy Zink of Indianola claimed all three honors for top yield, efficiency and profitability.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Hay Protein and Energy Values, Reducing Hay Losses

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 15:35
Breaking down the importance of protein and energy values in hay tests, and tips on reducing fed hay losses.