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Pasture & Forage Minute: Pasture lease considerations

Mon, 01/29/2024 - 15:12
Monday, January 29, 2024

As pasture grazing leases are getting finalized for the 2024 season, it is important to make sure that some of the key details are clear and in writing. 

Traditionally, pasture leases are for 5 or 6 months from April or May through October.  Specific starting and ending dates can be used, but there could be exceptions based on spring weather conditions or if there were drought conditions the previous year that might warrant delaying turn-out to allow some recovery of grasses. 


2024 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Series

Fri, 01/26/2024 - 16:33
Friday, January 26, 2024 The 2024 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Series is an event that you won’t want to miss! We encourage feedlot owners, managers, employees, and allied industry to join Nebraska Extension February 13-15th as we dive into a series of timely topics covering feedlot management.Spanish: 

Pasture & Forage Minute: Reviewing last year and planning for this year

Mon, 01/22/2024 - 11:40
Monday, January 22, 2024

Too much cold and snowy weather can make even the most eager winter enthusiast look forward to spring.  Once we dig out and are able to catch a breath, taking some time to review last year can help us when looking ahead to 2024.


Certified Angus Beef and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance collaborate on February meeting

Thu, 01/18/2024 - 17:56
Thursday, January 18, 2024

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Volleyball Head Coach John Cook will be the guest speaker at the February Nebraska BQA workshop in Ashland, Neb. The free educational workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Round the Bend Steakhouse and will include a Certified Angus Beef ® brand lunch, giveaways, and optional YQCA training for kids.

The event is made possible through the latest Certified Angus Beef (CAB) and Sysco partnership. In 2023, CAB and Sysco launched a cattle care partnership and a new campaign, Raised with Respect™. 


Heifer percent mature body weight at breeding: What does it mean for pregnancy rates and calf performance?

Thu, 01/18/2024 - 15:16
Thursday, January 18, 2024

This article is a research summary of the 2024 Nebraska Beef Report, Impact of Heifer Percent Mature Body Weight at Breeding on Heifer Performance, Calf Production, and Subsequent Pregnancy Rates.

To remain in the herd, it is crucial for a replacement heifer to conceive and maintain pregnancy. However, since females within a herd offset input costs with a live calf born each year, focus should not only be placed on pregnancy rates as a yearling, but subsequent pregnancy rates as a cow.


Cow Herd Report Card III: Calving distribution & pounds of calf weaned per acre

Wed, 01/17/2024 - 15:35
Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Check out the first two parts in this series focused on measuring performance in a cow-calf operation. 


What are replacement heifers worth in 2024?

Wed, 01/17/2024 - 11:54
Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Not every cow is going to be profitable, even when calf prices are high. It is important to consider the quality of cows as well as cost. Paying too much for good cows is as bad as paying very little for a horrible one. Producers who intend to be profitable must consider closely the relationship of current and future cost to current and future revenue, cow longevity and productivity. 


Staying safe in cold weather and how to recognize, treat and prevent hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot

Fri, 01/12/2024 - 16:20
Friday, January 12, 2024

As wintry, cold weather hits with sub-zero temperatures, there's not much room for error in cold weather preparedness. Cattle producers can't just stay indoors when the weather gets cold. However, since a producer's most valuable assets are the humans who have to be out in the cold, it's important to recognize when it's time to take a break and warm up, or adjust the work, equipment or gear to make sure the people are prioritized in cold weather. 


Winter weather challenges for bulls can affect breeding season

Thu, 01/11/2024 - 17:17
Thursday, January 11, 2024

Livestock producers know winter can be a challenge for their cowherds, and Karla Wilke, Nebraska Extension cow-calf/stocker specialist, reminds them not to forget about their bulls in their winter management plans. 

“Bulls are one of our bigger investments in the cow herd, and 90 percent of the cows are still impregnated through natural service with a bull rather than artificial insemination,” Wilke said. “So, they also require year-round maintenance.”  


Make Plans to Attend the 2024 Three-State Beef Conference

Tue, 01/09/2024 - 11:41
Friday, January 5, 2024

The annual Three-State Beef Conference gives beef producers and others a chance to spend an evening learning from top researchers and industry leaders. This year topics include corn residue grazing, heifer development and managing cows for longevity and profitability.

The conference features three presenters who travel to three states over three days, Jan. 16-18, discussing their research findings and practical ways to apply them.


Winter cattle yard preparation checklist

Tue, 01/02/2024 - 14:48
Tuesday, January 2, 2024

This checklist is not comprehensive, but is a place to start for preparing for winter weather in a cattle yard. 

Click here for a printable .pdf checklist. 



Beef news and upcoming webinars from the Nebraska Center for Ag Profitability

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 17:07
Thursday, December 21, 2023 The interdisciplinary Center for Agricultural Profitability is based in the Department of Agricultural Economics. It facilitates faculty research, conducts extension outreach related to agricultural profitability and farm and ranch management and trains undergraduate and graduate students — all to support informed decision-making in agriculture. Spanish: 

On RFD-TV: Greg Ibach discusses beef efficiency and environmental impact

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 16:59
Thursday, December 21, 2023

Livestock production has long been a cornerstone of American agriculture. That is certainly true in Nebraska, which is known as the beef state. During the Global Climate Summit earlier this month, world leaders recommended reducing worldwide meat consumption in order to help mitigate agriculture’s environmental impacts. But the research paints a more complicated story. Greg Ibach, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, joins RFD-TV to discuss. 


Husker team receives $5M grant to reduce methane emissions from cattle

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 16:43
Thursday, December 21, 2023

A Husker research team has received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research more sustainable dairy and beef production.


Hands-on calving workshops scheduled in Sidney, Curtis

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 14:26
Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Nebraska Extension is hosting hands-on Calving Workshops at Sidney and Curtis, Nebraska in January featuring Becky Funk, DVM and Extension Specialist, and Lindsay Waechter-Mead, DVM and Extension Educator. Topics will include calving equipment and proper use, techniques for managing dystocia, when to call for help, and hands-on demonstration and training using a life-size model cow and calf.


UNL range management specialist in the Panhandle receives Nebraska Cattlemen endowment

Wed, 12/20/2023 - 14:06
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Dr. Mitch Stephenson, associate professor and range management specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln stationed at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center in Scottsbluff received the 2023 Nebraska Range & Conservation Endowment from the Nebraska Cattlemen. The endowment honors professors or instructors who are providing cutting-edge research and/or student instruction in a range management and conservation-related areas.


Returning to the Farm 2023

Wed, 11/29/2023 - 16:40
Friday, December 1, 2023

The Center for Agricultural Profitability at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present Returning to the Farm, a workshop series for families who are in the transition process of bringing members back to the farm or ranch. It will begin with a two-day workshop in Grand Island for multi-generational families on Dec. 8 and 9 at the Bosselman Convention Center located at Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Road. 


'So You've Inherited a Farm ... Now What?' workshops scheduled

Wed, 11/29/2023 - 16:38
Friday, December 1, 2023

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability will present a series of workshops in central and eastern Nebraska for those planning and involved in farmland succession who want to learn more about the best strategies for managing and owning this asset and how it may impact the transition plan.


Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance summary of sales and performance history

Wed, 11/29/2023 - 16:29
Friday, December 1, 2023

This article was first published in RightRisk News in October 2023.