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Additional Calculating Annual Cow Costs Webinar Series to be Offered: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 15:42
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Due to demand, a second webinar series on calculating annual cow costs will be offered starting in late February and running through early April. Being able to calculate and know total cow costs is foundational for evaluating and making management decisions that can improve profitability for a cow-calf enterprise. Significant increases in input costs are challenging producers to examine cost of production and identify where there may be opportunities to adjust the production system.

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Preparing for the Calving Season

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 10:02
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

1. Pay attention to nutrition needs of bred heifers or cows prior to calving.

Adequate body condition at the time of calving for young females and mature cows is important as it impacts stamina during delivery of the calf, colostrum quality, calf vigor, and also impacts subsequent rebreeding.

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Managing Hypothermia in Newborn Calves

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 20:13
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Plans for calving season should include how to identify and manage cold stress in newborns. In the 2007 National Animal Health Monitoring System report, 25.6% of operations reported weather as the main cause for death in calves less than 3 weeks old.  Preventing hypothermia is vital to survival in the newborn.

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Spring Annual Forages

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 14:02
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

With spring not far off, it is time to start planning and thinking about any spring annual forages that we might plant.  Part of the process may be anticipating a need for extra feed or booking seed early. 

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Como Satisfacer Las Necesidades De Agua Del Ganado en El Corral De Engorde

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:28
Friday, January 20, 2023 Varios factores afectan el consumo de agua; pero la temperatura, la humedad y la ingesta de alimento son los principales. Además, los primeros eventos de calor de la temporada (finales de mayo y principios de junio, en el hemisferio norte) son los más estresantes para el ganado: el ganado generalmente está alcanzando el peso y la condición de faena, no están aclimatados al calor y no se han perdido aun de su pelaje de invierno. Esta transición también puede tomar desprevenidos a los gerentes y al personal, ya que pueden estar concentrados en la gestión del feedlot a fines del invierno.Spanish: Spanish

Nuevas Restricciones de Antibióticos Pronto se Harán Realidad

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 15:56
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 En 2017, la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) comenzó a implementar la Guía # 213 para la actividad ganadera, también conocida como la Directiva de Alimentos Veterinarios (VFD, por sus siglas en ingles). La implementación de la VFD se centró en la supervisión veterinaria de antibióticos médicamente importantes administrados al ganado a través de alimentos y / o agua, dejando un vacío reglamentario significativo para aquellos productos con otras formas de dosificación que estaban disponibles sin receta (OTC, por las siglas en ingles de Over The Counter, disponibles sin receta en el mostrador). Spanish: Spanish

Calostro 101

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 15:07
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 El número de terneros en los Estados Unidos que no reciben calostro adecuado oscila entre el 11% y el 31%.  Este artículo trata sobre los puntos clave para el manejo del calostro que garantice que los terneros estén preparados para el éxito desde el comienzo de la vida.Spanish: Spanish

Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Among Producers

Thu, 12/29/2022 - 11:00
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Agriculture is a rewarding business, but it does come with stressors – weather, cattle and grain prices, debt, etc. -- that can stack on top of each other. It’s important to recognize the value a person brings to an operation compared to the markets, number of acres you own, or the number in your bank account. Farmers and ranchers tend to struggle with a lack of routine, or lack of structure that comes with the business and having to always be flexible when dealing with the unknown. Producers tend to push through these adversities without giving themselves grace.

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Calculating Annual Cow Costs Webinar Series: January 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16, 23

Thu, 12/29/2022 - 10:20
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Knowing annual cow costs is the foundation for evaluating and making management decisions that can improve profitability for a cow-calf enterprise. Significant increases in input costs are challenging producers to examine cost of production and identify where there may be opportunities to adjust the production system. Calculating costs and breaking them into categories gives understanding into where there may be opportunity to make changes.

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Windbreaks for Protection and Snow Diversion

Thu, 12/29/2022 - 09:57
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Summary

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2023 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Series

Thu, 12/29/2022 - 09:14
Sunday, January 1, 2023

The 2023 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 7-9th as we dive into a series of timely topics covering feedlot management. Highlights from the program include the use of roller compacted concrete, implications of increasing hot carcass weight, and new requirements on implanting with speakers from UNL Extension and producers.

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Translating and Applying Genomic EPDs

Wed, 12/28/2022 - 14:00
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Expected progeny differences (EPDs) are a widely utilized tool in making genetic decisions centered around breeding objectives. With the progression of DNA technology, the industry has been able to incorporate genomics into the numbers that calculate EPDs. Prior to inclusion of genomic information, we relied on pedigree-based relationships that operate on the averages. This assumes a 50% contribution from the dam and 50% contribution from the sire. However, we know that offspring can relate more heavily to one parent or the other and that relationship varies from trait to trait.

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Summary of the Beef Heifer Replacement Forecast for 2023 Production Season

Wed, 12/28/2022 - 13:46
Sunday, January 1, 2023

This is a summary of the sixth annual beef cow replacement value forecast for Nebraska. The entire forecast can be found at this link, and past summaries are also available on the Farm¢ents site. The information presented in the forecast is intended as a guide to modify, depending on each producer’s circumstances, expectations of future production costs, and cow and calf values.

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TDN Translation: Understanding Energy of Forages

Wed, 12/28/2022 - 12:00
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Total digestible nutrients (TDN) are the common energy reference for both feed content and animal requirement, so how are the two connected and what can we know to better examine TDN of feedstuffs and use energy economically?

The initial measure of energy begins with gross energy (GE), which is the term for all energy contained within a feed and consumed by the animal. By subtracting all the energy that passes through to manure from GE, you get digestible energy (DE). Digestible energy is the measure of energy converted into TDN within feedstuffs.

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Cow-Calf Cost of Production Workshops to be held in the Sandhills in January and February

Wed, 12/28/2022 - 10:56
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Two-day workshops will be held in January and February that will provide a hands-on learning experience for producers to learn how to calculate a unit cost of production for a cow-calf operation.

Having information to make effective business decisions is important for ranch success.  Enterprise analysis and unit cost of production (UCOP) are tools that can help ranchers identify where value is being created on the ranch, where costs are occurring, and what changes could be made to improve profit.

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2023 Cow-Calf College Beef Seminar

Wed, 12/28/2022 - 10:38
Sunday, January 1, 2023

The 2023 Cow-Calf College Beef Seminar is set for January 19th at the Clay County Fairgrounds in the Activities Building. Registration starts at 9:00 am with programs scheduled from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. This year’s program is focused on strategies to manage forage resources during drought, including eastern redcedar control and adjusting pasture stocking and rental rates. The hands-on format will allow participants to engage with specialists and peers throughout the day.

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Helping Cows Cope with Cold Stress

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 10:27
Monday, December 19, 2022

Cold stress increases a cow’s energy requirement and can pull down her body condition.  Thin cows can result in weak calves being born in the spring and/or poor breed up. Winter storms have already swept across the Plains, giving indications this could be a long, cold winter for cows already thin due to summer drought stress.

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Farm Program Disaster Assistance for 2022 Drought and Fire Losses

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 09:24
Thursday, December 1, 2022

The 2022 production year presented several challenges to Nebraska producers. Widespread drought conditions and several large wildfires created loss situations with significant financial impact. This article is a quick reminder to producers of available assistance from USDA programs that may apply to their situation.

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Do You Have Mold and Mycotoxins in Your Silage?

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 16:34
Thursday, December 1, 2022

We typically suggest getting forage tested to determine nutrient content such as energy and protein. But with silage, additional testing may be needed, especially when grown under stressed conditions and/or put up in less-than-ideal conditions. The presence of mold in silage can decrease the energy value, feed intake, and performance of cattle. Additionally, some molds produce harmful mycotoxins that can impact animal production and health.

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Value of Gain on Winter Backgrounded Cattle

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 15:51
Thursday, December 1, 2022

This article was first published by "In the Cattle Markets" on Oct. 31, 2022.

Cumulative national feeder and stocker cattle receipts are slightly lagging both 2021 and the 5-year average (2017-2021) at 12,098,700 head through Oct. 21. In 2022, more of the receipts are coming from cattle weighing less than 600 lbs. and heifers – both signals that the drought in various parts of the United States is affecting feeder and stocker cattle being sold.

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