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The New Face at Nebraska BQA

Thu, 12/24/2020 - 10:54
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The Likelihood of Regional Triggers Under the Industry’s Proposed '75% Rule'

Thu, 12/24/2020 - 09:45
Friday, January 1, 2021

This article was first published by In the Cattle Markets.

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Unit Cost of Production Workshop Valentine, Nebraska February 3 and 4

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 09:17
Friday, January 1, 2021

A two-day workshop this February will provide hands-on learning for cow-calf producers to learn how to calculate unit cost of production (UCOP). The meeting will take place February 3 and 4 (Wednesday and Thursday) at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 E Highway 20, Valentine, NE, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST.

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Annual Cow Costs – The Big Three

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 09:14
Friday, January 1, 2021

When looking at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs:  feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation.  Other expenses occur, such as breeding expense and veterinary costs, but they tend to be significantly less than the “Big Three.” To conduct an economic analysis, break the ranch into enterprises to understand where value is being created and costs are occurring. Land ownership, hay production, cow-calf and replacement heifer development are four of the major enterprises on many ranches.

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The Livestock Indemnity Program Year-end Updates

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 15:46
Friday, January 1, 2021

This article is a summary of the December 10, 2020 Cornhusker Economics article titled: “The Livestock Indemnity Program: A Case for Managing Risk with Good Recordkeeping.”

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Considerations for Maintaining Condition in our Breeding Bulls during Winter

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 15:01
Friday, January 1, 2021

For bulls coming out of the breeding season, body weight loss may have occurred, and we need to make sure that we get bulls back in condition before the next season. Also, with the weather starting to change, starting to think about how we are going to manage our breeding bulls through the winter to prepare them for the next breeding season will be important. This will be a good time to evaluate body condition and ensure that bulls have adequate protection from harsh weather.

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Adding Sheep to a Cattle Operation in central Nebraska - A Producer’s Perspective

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 11:05
Friday, December 18, 2020

Multi-species grazing can be an option to more fully utilize grazing resources. In this month’s BeefWatch Producer Perspective Podcast, Jim Jenkins from Custer County, Nebraska discusses why he made the decision to add a band of sheep to his operation and the opportunities he sees for sheep to complement cattle in Nebraska.

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The New Face at Nebraska BQA

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 16:51
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Greetings Nebraska Beef producers! My name is Jesse Fulton. I am the new Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) State Coordinator for Nebraska. For the past five years, I was with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) where I worked on the Producer Education team. My duties at NCBA included working on the National BQA and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) program, managing the National Cattlemen’s College event, Cattlemen’s Webinar Series, and the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit.

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January 2021 Beefwatch Webinar Series Registration Now Open

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 15:36
Friday, December 4, 2020

The BeefWatch Webinar series is designed to highlight management strategies in grazing, nutrition, reproduction, and economics to increase cow/calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered. More information about the BeefWatch Webinar Series can be found on our webpage: https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch-webinar-series 

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Making Dollars out of Decisions: Three State Beef Conference

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:37
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 In a joint effort, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri Extension are hosting a free three day webinar series in January to address how producers can capture the economic value of decisions. Each webinar will begin at 7:00 PM Central Time and will last for about an hour. Registration includes all three webinars.Spanish: 

Annual Beef Heifer Replacement Forecasts for the 2020 – 2021 Production Season (Summary Briefing)

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 15:38
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

What is a respectable beef replacement heifer value for the coming 2020-2021 production season? The weather and COVID-19 gave the beef industry a wild ride this past year and may affect the decision to buy or sell replacement animals for the upcoming year.

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Winter Tetany in Beef Cattle

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 14:20
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Grass tetany is considered a problem that usually occurs when cattle or sheep are eating lush, spring grass or annual cereal forages such as rye, wheat or triticale; but, it can also occur when cattle are being fed harvested forages.

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Livestock Facility Inspections: Do I need one? If so, what should I expect?

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:53
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Inspections collect information about livestock facilities and are how the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) determines whether the facility is in compliance with regulations. There are two different kinds of inspections for livestock operations. Initial inspections help NDEE determine whether a permit is needed. Routine inspections allow the NDEE representative to make sure permitted operations are in compliance with their permit.

What facilities need to be inspected?

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Cornstalk Residue Grazing with Weaned Calves, Dry Pregnant Cows or Pairs – What Supplementation Do They Need?

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:10
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

With approximately 9.8 million acres of corn yielding an average of 182 bushels/acre, cornstalk residue can be an accessible and economical winter grazing forage option for producers in Nebraska. Historic research at the University of Nebraska has suggested cattle select mostly dropped corn, husks, and leaves. The total digestible nutrients (TDN) of the selected diet can be variable, but tends to range from 50-60% TDN.

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December 2020 Beefwatch Webinar Series Registration Now Open

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 15:10
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The BeefWatch Webinar series is designed to highlight management strategies in grazing, nutrition, reproduction, and economics to increase cow/calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered. More information about the BeefWatch Webinar Series can be found on our webpage: https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch-webinar-series

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Great Plains Veterinary Education Center - Meet the Faculty

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 14:48
Monday, November 9, 2020 Since its dedication in 1990, the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center has served as an information source for the beef industry. With its primary focus in beef cattle production systems, it provides training of veterinary and graduate students, veterinary practitioners, beef producers and industry stakeholders. Spanish: 

2020 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Webinar Series

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 10:48
Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) meeting is considered the premier national event in beef cattle reproductive management.  It has a long history of providing the latest information on the application of reproductive technologies and includes a range of topics related to cow herd reproduction — such as nutritional interactions, management and male fertility.

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Round 2 and Beef Cattle Producers

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 15:24
Sunday, November 1, 2020

The application process for the second round of national relief payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has begun. Local United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agencies are accepting applications through December 11, 2020. These payments will provide livestock producers some relief from production risk, as well as market losses, related to the fallout from continued shutdowns across business sectors.

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Valuing Corn Stalk Bales

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 10:55
Sunday, November 1, 2020

With dry conditions still plaguing much of the state, baling corn residue following harvest might be an optional roughage source if hay supply is getting tight.  What value should be put on baling corn residue?

Figuring out the true value of corn stalk bales can be a bit tricky, but breaking down the costs can help it make sense.  First, look at the value of nutrients removed from the field that will need to be replaced by fertilizer.  Stalks this fall will contain between $3-5 worth of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur per ton. 

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Things to Consider before Harvesting a Market Animal at Home

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 16:19
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Many people are looking for opportunities to buy market animals to harvest at home, which has led to many questions about the best way to complete that task. Prior to making the decision to try home harvest, there are a few important things to consider:

1.  Food Safety:  Can you properly cool the carcass and keep it clean to ensure meat safety?

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