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Research Review: Frequency of DDGS Supplementation Impacts Gains of Yearlings on Grass

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 10:12
Friday, May 17, 2024

This article is a review of the 2024 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, Strategies for DDGS Supplementation Frequency to Grazing Yearling Steers.


How to know when a pasture is ready to be grazed in the spring

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 12:23
Friday, May 10, 2024

The time for turn out to our primary summer pastures is very near.  A couple of important questions are what date to turn out, and which pastures should be first?


H5N1/Avian Influenza/Bird Flu in dairy cattle

Mon, 05/06/2024 - 16:03
Thursday, May 2, 2024


A discussion of the situation involving H5N1 (avian influenza/bird flu) and dairy cattle with UNL’s BeefWatch Podcast host Aaron Berger, beef Extension educator and Dr. Matt Hille, an assistant professor and diagnostic pathologist at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center based on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.



Should I trich test my mature bulls?

Fri, 05/03/2024 - 09:10
Friday, May 3, 2024

We are nearing spring turnout and breeding season, and with that, many producers may be getting bulls tested right before turnout. So, what should producers be considering to maintain herd health within their mature bull battery?

Bovine trichomoniasis “trich” testing – what is it?


Targeted grazing on cheatgrass in the western Great Plains

Wed, 05/01/2024 - 11:40
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Targeted livestock grazing is the application of grazing animals at a defined time, intensity, and duration for vegetation or landscape management objectives. When planned right, targeted grazing management can accomplish those objectives without negatively affecting livestock production. Understanding plant growth and livestock grazing preference is important to the success of targeted grazing.


May 2024 Nebraska Rangeland and Pasture Update

Wed, 05/01/2024 - 11:11
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 As May is upon us, many will be turning cattle out to pasture shortly or have done so already.  Cool-season grasses across the state have started to grow. Current moisture conditions will be a strong driver of cool-season grass growth. The month of April began drier for much of the state outside the panhandle but has been wet—very wet in some cases—for most of the state in the last two weeks. As such, a majority of locations in Nebraska are above average on precipitation for the water year, with much of the panhandle, Sandhills, and northeast sections coming in well above average.Spanish: 

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.