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BeefWatch Podcast: Maternal Bovine Appeasing Substance with Dr. Reinaldo Cooke

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 15:21
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Aaron Berger, Nebraska beef Extension educator, talks to Reinaldo Cooke, Burkhart Endowed Professor for Beef Cattle Research at Texas A & M, about maternal bovine appeasing substance on this episode of BeefWatch. Dr. Cooke discusses where the pheromone originates, what it does and recent research spanning production from weaned calves to the harvest of market ready cattle.Spanish: 

Considerations for Building Cow Inventories at Current Prices

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 12:34
Thursday, April 11, 2024

Calf prices are encouraging cow-calf producers to increase cow inventories to have more calves to sell. Consider the following points when evaluating growing the cowherd.


Heifer Harmony: Optimal Management for Heifers in the Feedlot

Mon, 04/08/2024 - 16:13
Monday, April 8, 2024

Reprinted from Protein Producers, Spring 2024, and updated with statistics current as of April 2, 2024. 


Best practices for needle selection, use and care in cattle health

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 10:51
Friday, April 5, 2024

Disposable hypodermic needles are a necessary tool in maintaining cattle health. They provide a convenient and economical route to deliver products to animals in a safe and effective manner. Understanding when and how to use them are key components in a herd health protocol.  

Choosing the right needle

Source: BQA Field Guide,


The Nebraska Range Short Course and Grazing School team up in 2024

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 16:40
Thursday, April 4, 2024

The 2024 Nebraska Range Short Course is teaming up with the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) Grazing School on June 25 – 27, 2024 at the Spring Lake Ranch south of Gordon, Nebraska to host an event that will give individuals an opportunity to increase their skills with grazing, rangeland management, and livestock production.


UNL contributes to the identification of new genetic defects in cattle

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:18
Thursday, April 4, 2024

University of Nebraska — Lincoln researchers have recently identified two new genetic mutations, delayed blindness in Herefords, and bovine familial convulsions and ataxia (BFCA) in Angus cattle.

Understanding and identifying genetic mutations allows beef producers to make breeding decisions that avoid producing cattle affected by those mutations. Working toward that goal, UNL researchers have spent years studying genomics, identifying mutations and developing tests to help producers make those decisions.


Kobza finds own path in industry, now recognized as Trailblazer by NCBA

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 11:37
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Lincoln, Neb. —It was the kindness of a family friend that helped Anna Kobza find her way into the agriculture industry by loaning two heifers for a 4-H project one summer. Ever since, Kobza has paved her own way in the industry to learn everything she could about beef production. Today, Kobza is pursuing an animal science doctoral degree while advocating for the beef industry via Instagram, where she has more than 90,000 followers.


April 2024 Rangeland and Pasture Update

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 14:21
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

As we come into early April it is important to take time to think about rangeland and pasture conditions and make sure grazing plans are ready for the growing season in 2024. Much of the state has seen close to normal precipitation since October first (current water year), however, parts of the state, especially counties in the south and east of the state, that experienced drought last summer are still experiencing drier than normal conditions.


Cattle and Coffee: Morning Webinar Series on Annual Forages

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 16:51
Monday, April 1, 2024

Are you seeking alternative solutions to perennial pasture in your area or do you need more stored forage? Join Nebraska Extension for an enlightening journey into the realm of annual forage systems through our upcoming webinar series.


Western Livestock Journal: The Viewpoint with Rick Funston

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 15:06
Monday, April 1, 2024 Dr. Rick Funston has been an integral figure over the years in the study and advancement of cattle reproductive physiology. Rick grew up on a farming and ranching operationin central North Dakota before obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from North Dakota State University and Montana State University, and a doctorate in reproductive biology from the University of Wyoming. Spanish: 

Modern water monitoring technology on the ranch

Wed, 03/27/2024 - 11:13
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Water is often a limiting resource when considering both animal and grazing management. Checking water levels can often account for a considerable proportion of time and labor costs, especially when water sources are few and far between or during extreme weather events. Producers who are looking to minimize time spent checking water may consider investing in one of many modern water monitoring solutions. Many options are available based on needs, product features, budget, and connectivity concerns. For simplicity’s sake, we will start with the most basic options and work our way up.Spanish: 

USDA Authorizes Conservation Reserve Program Graze and Hay Donations to Wildfire-Impacted Livestock Producers in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas

Mon, 03/25/2024 - 16:31
Monday, March 25, 2024 Program Participants in Nebraska Eligible to Donate Grazing and Haying Rights LINCOLN, Nebraska, March 25, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizes the release of emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres nationwide, including CRP acres in Nebraska, to livestock producers affected by the recent wildfires in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Spanish: 

New guide helps beef producers maximize the value of cull cows

Mon, 03/25/2024 - 16:24
Monday, March 25, 2024 A new resource developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and CattleFax helps cattle producers maximize profitability from their culling decisions. “Right Way. Right Time. – A Guide to Cull Cattle Management” is now available at Spanish: 

Register now for the 2024 Nebraska Ranch Practicum

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 13:46
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Ranchers and cattle producers interested in learning about the latest research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are encouraged to register for the 2024 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.


Three-State Beef Conference Registration & Recap

Thu, 03/14/2024 - 15:08
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Two live, online sessions remain of the annual Three-State Beef Conference.  

The Three-State Beef Conference provides essential updates on cow-calf and stocker topics to beef cattle producers and industry stakeholders. With specialists from leading beef cattle land grant universities—University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Iowa State University—alongside insights from industry experts, the conference serves as a vital platform for knowledge exchange.


Vitamin A levels at calving can have a big impact on calf health

Wed, 03/13/2024 - 15:37
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Vitamin A is one of the most important keys to a healthy immune system in newborn calves. Colostrum is the only way calves can get the vitamin A they need to fight off bacteria that will make them sick, said Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska—Lincoln beef systems specialist and associate professor. But not all colostrum contains enough vitamin A, and recent research suggests that “enough” is more than previously thought.  


Technology on the Ranch Roundtable planned in Kimball

Wed, 03/13/2024 - 15:23
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Technology is being incorporated into the tradition of ranching more and more often. But producers need to consider the cost and whether it adds value.

Nebraska Extension in Kimball-Banner Counties is presenting a roundtable discussion with area producers and researchers to discuss the technology available and how it can be effectively applied to ranching.


Summer Weather Outlook

Thu, 03/07/2024 - 10:45
Thursday, March 7, 2024 Weather Summary

Temperatures this summer are generally expected to be seasonally warm and total precipitation is expected to be average to below average statewide. Rapid drought development or intensification is not likely but cannot be discounted.


Engaging Agriculture: Ideas For Estate and Transition Planning: Monetary Compensation

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 09:54
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

For many farm and ranch families, bringing children or grandchildren into the operation is the ultimate goal. Successfully bringing additional family members into the operation may require some creativity, as all parties need to maintain a viable standard of living. This series of articles will highlight ideas and tactics for bringing another family member into the operation.


Chasing the Elusive Second Calf

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 12:15
Monday, March 4, 2024

Getting first time mother cows bred for the second time is probably one of the strongest challenges for most beef producers. It can be extremely frustrating at the time of pregnancy diagnosis to find a high percentage of those young cows, the future of the cowherd, to be open. More importantly, it is expensive.