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A Calf’s Most Important Meal: Colostrum

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 11:41
Monday, February 10, 2020 Colostrum is the "first milk" produced after calving. It has a different composition than milk as it has an important role in being the first meal a calf receives. Colostrum is more nutrient dense than milk and contains antibodies essential for calf health.Spanish: 

2020 Beef Feedlot Roundtables in Bridgeport, Lexington, West Point

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:22
Friday, February 7, 2020 Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industries will learn new information related to feedlot nutrition and health at Nebraska Extension's 2020 Beef Feedlot Roundtables Feb. 18-20 in Bridgeport, Lexington and West Point.Spanish: 

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:16
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding livestock producers of an approaching deadline for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Producers who filed a LIP Notice of Loss with FSA for livestock losses due to natural disaster in 2019 have until Monday, March 2, to supply appropriate supporting paperwork and complete the application for payment, if they haven’t done so already.

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Wet Bales Can Tip the Scales

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:12
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The past few months, we’ve been focusing quite a bit on the issues that can arise when hay gets a bit too wet: combustion, mold, and Maillard reactions.  One often overlooked issue that can arise from wet hay is just the moisture itself. 

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Principles for Care and Management of the Cow and Calf at Calving

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 08:41
Monday, January 27, 2020 In this roundtable podcast, the veterinary team at the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center discusses calving principles that producers can use to enhance their care and management of both cow and calf.Spanish: 

Manure: Waste or Valuable Agricultural Resource?

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:41
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Stories about manure often illustrate two opposing sentiments. Is manure a “Waste” that pollutes our water resources and creates undesirable nuisances for communities?  Or, is manure a “Resource” that reduces the demand inorganic fertilizers and improves the health of our soils? 

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Winter Nutrition: Are You Staying Ahead or Getting Behind?

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:49
Friday, January 24, 2020

As winter progresses, winter nutrition and increased environmental stress on cows may concern many cow-calf producers. Winter nutritional management affects not only the profitability of a beef cowherd, but also the future performance of the cow and her offspring. With that in mind, building a nutritional program for a cow-calf system requires understanding nutritional requirements, knowing the “stress periods” that can happen, and knowing the quality and quantity of your forage resources. 

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Sharing Animal Agriculture’s Sustainability Story

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:24
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Animal agriculture often endures criticism from our neighbors and consumers relative to sustainability. But when it comes to management of carbon and nutrients, animal agriculture has a positive story to share.  Many environmental and sustainability organizations promote the importance of a “circular economy” for increasing sustainability.  Farmers should help our neighbors and consumers recognize agriculture’s long term practice of implementing this circular economy.

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Beef Profit Tips for 2020

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:45
Saturday, February 1, 2020

During the winter and spring of 2020 Nebraska Beef Extension Educators will host 7 beef profitability workshops in Eastern Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Topics will vary depending on presenter and specific location. These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past sixteen years. The cost is $15.00 but may vary from location to location depending on local sponsorship. 

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Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference is Feb. 20-21

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:33
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will celebrate 35 years Feb. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.

Workshops and presentations will offer tools and information to help women better manage risk, improve their farms and ranches and become more successful operators and business partners.

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Asking “Why?” with Systems Thinking: A Powerful Tool for Problem Solving

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:53
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Beef production from conception to consumption is a complex, biological system where cause and effect are often distant in time and space.   For example, things that occurred to a calf while it was developing inside of a cow, can impact that animal throughout its life all the way to harvest. This can make it challenging to identify and address the actual source of a problem when it is observed.   To better understand and address the source of problems, consider asking the question “why?”  

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Sugar Beet Pulp Shortage and Alternative Energy Sources for Beef Cattle

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:48
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The adverse weather conditions experienced by most agriculturalists in 2019 certainly impacted sugar beet production. The reduced volume of sugar beets available for sugar production has impacted the amount of the by-product, sugar beet pulp, available for beef cattle diets this winter.

Sugar beet pulp is often used in gestating cow diets in the winter to increase the energy density of a forage based diet. The highly digestible fiber in sugar beet pulp gives it a total digestible nutrient or TDN value of 85-90%. The crude protein value is approximately 10%.

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University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Beef Economics Team Annual Beef Heifer Replacement Forecasts for the 2019 – 2020 Production Season (Summary Briefing)

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 13:37
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

What is a respectable value of a beef replacement heifer for the coming 2019-2020 production season? This can be a complicated choice, but a vital one that requires some clear thinking. It is important to have a handle on this value since future prosperity partially depends on it. Pay too much and future profits and net worth will suffer. Non-participation in the market is not likely to be an option since cow numbers are necessary to maintain productivity.

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Nebraska Extension Offering Land Application Training in January and February

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 11:08
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Which field benefits the most from manure? Participants combine personal experiences and management principles to identify preferred fields for receiving manure.

Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified, and farms must complete an approved training every five years.

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UNL Beef Roundup Webinars January 21 and 28

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 10:39
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 6pm MST (7pm CST). This series features topic experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Each evening features two presentations that can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several locations across Nebraska. Sites and registration information is listed below.

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New Cow-Calf Budgets Available for Nebraska

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 09:05
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

As a part of the UNL multidisciplinary Beef Systems Initiative and a complementary project funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), five geographically identified Nebraska producer panels were formed to provide input and feedback on University research and extension projects involving integrated beef systems. These panels have met a combined eight times over the last two years. One of the tasks being worked on is the development of representative cow-calf enterprise budgets for typical cow-calf herds in different geographic regions across the state.

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Burning Your Bottom Line: How Hot Hay Changes Forage Quality

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 08:54
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Hay put up too wet can lead to a number of issues, most notably mold and heat.  Moisture keeps otherwise dormant microbes and fungi active, decreasing forage quality and creating heat.  Too much heat can actually create a risk of combustion. 

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Manure: Waste or Valuable Agricultural Resource?

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:19
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Stories about manure often illustrate two opposing sentiments. Is manure a “Waste” that pollutes our water resources and creates undesirable nuisances for communities?  Or, is manure a “Resource” that reduces the demand for importing greenhouse gas intensive inorganic fertilizers and improves the health of our soils? 

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West Central Cattlemen’s Day Series Offered at Seven Locations

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 13:51
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a series of winter meetings for cattle producers in seven locations across western Nebraska. The program is designed to help producers evaluate management practices that could improve their bottom line. Extension Specialists and Educators will discuss a variety of topics including heifer development, nutritional considerations during cold weather, benchmarking and measuring costs, considerations for retained ownership, parasite control, and more.

Dates and locations include: 

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Differences Between High-, Medium-, and Low-Profit Cow-Calf Producers: An Analysis of 2014-2018 Kansas Farm Management Association Cow-Calf Enterprise – A Review

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 10:49
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

This study by Whitney Bowman, Dustin L. Pendell Ph.D. and Kevin L. Herbel can be found at the Kansas State University AgManager.info website. Review and summary by Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator.

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