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Thin Cows and Limited Hay Resources: What are my options?

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 10:53
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Drought conditions this last growing season, limited hay supply, and a wet winter have been very challenging to beef producers. This created a situation where many cows at this point were thinner than normal years.  In addition, we couple that with limited hay and lower-quality hay with the potential of having a late green up or delayed turn out to grass. With that in mind, we have to think about how to increase energy in the diet to meet the lactational requirements while gaining BCS and doing that past our traditional turn out to grass. 


Cortavientos para Protección y Desvío de Nieve

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 11:21
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Brad Schick, Educador de Extensión de Nebraska
Traducido por Pablo Loza, Especialista en feedlot, Universidad de Nebraska, Lincoln.


Spanish: Spanish

Programar temprano los exámenes de aptitud reproductiva para toros debido a condiciones invernales extremas

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 08:56
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Karla H. Wilke, UNL Sistemas de cría y recría Bovina.
Hannah Smith, Educadora de Extensión de Sistemas de producción de Carne Bovinade Extensión de Nebraska.
Traducido por Pablo Loza, especialista en Feedlots, Universidad de Nebraska-Lincoln.

Spanish: Spanish

¿Qué Significa la Sequía de 2022 para las Vacas Lactantes en la Primavera de 2023?

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 08:47
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Karla H. Wilke, UNL Sistemas de cría y recría bovina
Traducido por Pablo Loza, especialista en Feedlot, Universidad de Nebraska Lincoln

Spanish: Spanish

Forrajes Anuales de Primavera

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 15:33
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Con la primavera no muy lejos, es hora de comenzar a planificar y pensar en cualquier forraje anual de primavera que podamos plantar. Parte del proceso puede ser anticipar la necesidad de alimento adicional o reservar semillas con anticipación.Spanish: Spanish

Comprensión y Aplicación de DEPs Genómicas

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 13:55
Friday, March 3, 2023

Hannah Smith, Educadora de Extensión de Sistemas de Producción de Carne de Extensión de Nebraska.
Traducido por Pablo Loza, especialista en Feedlot, Universidad de Nebraska, Lincoln.

Spanish: Spanish

Identifying Your Competitive Advantage

Mon, 02/27/2023 - 16:36
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Livestock producers can enhance success by identifying and exploiting their competitive advantage in relation to their competition. What is special or unique about the product you produce, your skills, background, reputation, business structure, location or service that sets you apart from others?  What gives you a “leg up” on the competition?


Risk Management Workshops for Cattle Producers Set for March

Mon, 02/27/2023 - 13:14
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability and Nebraska Extension will host a price risk management workshop for cattle producers in Falls City, Holdrege and Kearney. Attendees will learn strategies designed to reduce risk exposure to achieve a profitable outcome in uncertain times.

Current issues facing the cattle industry will be discussed to help producers to make more informed decisions facing the industry.


Registration Opens for 2023 Nebraska Ranch Practicum

Mon, 02/27/2023 - 11:47
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Ranchers interested in learning about the latest cutting-edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are encouraged to register for the 2023 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.


Early Herd Rebuilding Could Happen Through the Bred Cow Market

Mon, 02/27/2023 - 10:47
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

This article was first published by "In the Cattle Markets" on Feb. 13, 2023. 


Filling Spring and Early Summer Forage Gaps Webinar March 16

Mon, 02/27/2023 - 10:28
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Many cow/calf producers are short on hay and hoping for an early spring. This webinar will discuss some options for getting lactating cows fed until pasture is ready.


Scheduling Early Breeding Soundness Exams for Bulls due to Extreme Winter Conditions

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 14:56
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Nebraska and much of the Great Plains have experienced above normal snowfall coupled with extremely cold temperatures and high winds resulting in -20 to -60° F wind chills this winter. Extreme cold can result in frostbite to extremities in cattle including the testicles, which in turn can have a negative impact on spermatogenesis.


Nebraska BQA Nearly Sweeps National BQA Awards

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 12:12
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

This year, the Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program was the highlight of the Closing General Session “A BQA Celebration” at the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention.

Since 2009, the National BQA program has utilized the National BQA awards to recognized cattle producers across the nation for their BQA achievements. The program recognizes producers and operations from the following sectors: cow-calf, feedyard, marketer, and dairy. Additionally, the educator award recognizes an individual who has been dedicated to the BQA program throughout their career.


To Pave or Not to Pave? A Slippery-Slope…

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 16:24
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Cattle operations in many areas have had to manage their animals through significant snowfall that led to muddy conditions in holding areas, walk lanes, feedyard pens, and other high-traffic locations.  Poor performance, health challenges, and generally undesirable conditions for man and beast often followed.


What does the Drought of 2022 mean for Lactating Pairs in the Spring of 2023?

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 16:05
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

As of February, Nebraska remains in drought conditions despite much of the state receiving significant snowfall in December and January ( The soil moisture profile is in a deficit due to months of below normal precipitation the last couple of years, which will have an impact on grass growth this spring.


Nebraska Extension Seeking Producer Input on Mineral Supplementation Practices and Research and Education Needs

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 15:58
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Nebraska Extension is looking to gather more information on cow-calf producers’ mineral supplementation practices. To better establish research and educational resource needs for beef cattle producers, Nebraska Extension has released a producer needs assessment survey targeting cow-calf producers.


Getting More Out of Fall Forage Cover Crops: Is Strip Grazing Worth It?

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 15:52
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT to share the results of on-farm research at 5 locations across Nebraska over two years evaluating the value of strip grazing cover crops. The webinar will include producer perspectives on balancing labor needed and increasing harvest efficiency. Register for the webinar at

This project was made possible by funding from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).


Manejo, Salud y Consideraciones Nutricionales para el Destete de Terneros

Tue, 02/21/2023 - 09:26
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 El destete puede ser un momento estresante para los terneros y puede conducir a enfermedades agudas. Reducir el estrés de la separación, proporcionar una nutrición adecuada y pre-acondicionar los terneros, vacunando contra enfermedades puede mejorar el rendimiento de los terneros en el período de recría y terminación. Spanish: Spanish

Preparación para la Temporada de Partos

Tue, 02/21/2023 - 08:20
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 1. Preste atención a las necesidades nutricionales de las novillas (vaquillas, becerras, vaquillonas) o vacas preñadas antes del parto. Spanish: Spanish

Manejo de Hipotermia en Terneros Recién Nacidos

Thu, 02/16/2023 - 11:18
Thursday, February 16, 2023 Los planes para la temporada de partos deben incluir cómo identificar y manejar el estrés por frío en los recién nacidos. En el informe del Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo de Sanidad Animal de 2007, 25,6% de las operaciones reportaron el clima como la principal causa de muerte en terneros de menos de 3 semanas de edad. La prevención de la hipotermia es vital para la supervivencia del recién nacido. Spanish: Spanish