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Invasive Plants Watch List Priority: AbsinthWormwood

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 16:20
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a Nebraska Invasive Plants Watch List priority that is spreading rapidly and making a big impact to Nebraska grasslands. Infestations of absinth wormwood have been traced back to contaminated hay brought in from out of state following the 2012 drought. In some other areas, gravel containing seed was imported from infested areas. States including North Dakota, South Dakota, and Colorado have listed absinth wormwood as a noxious weed.

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Mineral and Vitamin Considerations When Drylotting Cows

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 11:15
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Managing cows in a drylot can be a way to maintain the herd when forage production is reduced due to drought or as a part of a system when pasture is unavailable for other reasons. When cattle are managed in a drylot over an extended period of time, minerals and vitamins that need to be supplied can vary significantly from those needed when cows are grazing.  The most common vitamins and minerals to be impacted by deficiencies or antagonisms when feeding production cows in confinement are Vitamin A, Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), and Zinc (Zn).  

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Nebraska Range Short Course: June 21 - 24, 2021

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 10:59
Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Nebraska Range Short Course is scheduled for June 21 to 24, 2021 on the campus of Chadron State College. The short course is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chadron State College, and the Nebraska Section of the Society for Range Management. It is designed to provide individuals who have a background in ranch, natural resource, or wildlife management an opportunity to increase their knowledge in many topics associated with the field of range management. 

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Selecting an Optimum Breeding Season Length

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 10:41
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Decisions in livestock production are never simple, but rather complex. Each decision or change in management results in multiple changes or outcomes downstream of the resulting change. One example of this would be changing breeding season length. The duration of breeding season is often discussed with two production goals in mind, 1) creating a consistent calf crop and 2) increasing pounds of weaned calf. Both of which can be done by having a shorter breeding season and then shortened calving period, which is a positive and beneficial goal and change.

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Breeding Season Planning Resources

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 10:14
Thursday, April 1, 2021

The breeding season will soon be underway for spring calving herds.  Understanding the factors that contribute to a successful breeding season in heifers and cows can help cow-calf producers effectively manage for this event.  Whether producers are utilizing natural service or estrus synchronization programs with artificial insemination, the beefrepro.org website offers numerous resources that will benefit planning and management.

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Why Should You Become BQA Certified?

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 09:32
Thursday, April 1, 2021

In a previous article, I left you with a quick overview of the history of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and the importance of the program today. In this article, I want to continue the discussion on BQA and discuss what exactly the BQA program has done to benefit the industry, and why it is important for producers to implement its guidelines on their operations.

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Extension Study Seeks Ranchers’ Input on Grassland Conservation Programs

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 14:49
Monday, March 1, 2021

A newly launched survey by Nebraska Extension seeks ranchers’ input on the design of grassland conservation programs in the state. The survey, a partnership among Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Cattlemen's, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the University of Nebraska, is a targeted effort to get feedback directly from the ranchers in the state.  

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Registration Opens for 2021 Nebraska Ranch Practicum

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 09:59
Monday, March 1, 2021

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 2021 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.

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Federal Livestock Insurance Market Performance and Use in Nebraska

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 15:02
Monday, March 1, 2021

This article was first published by The Nebraska Cattleman magazine.

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New Extension Land Link Program Connects Land Seekers with Retiring Landowners

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 13:57
Monday, March 1, 2021

A new Nebraska Extension program will work to connect new and beginning farmers and ranchers with retiring landowners who are interested in transitioning their land to a new owner.

Nebraska Land Link is now accepting applications from interested land seekers and landowners, with the goal of providing land access using lease agreements, lease-to-own arrangements, buy-sell arrangements or other creative methods that are mutually beneficial for both parties.

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Nebraska Extension to Host Beefwatch Webinar Series on Drought Management

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 10:32
Monday, March 1, 2021

In March, the BeefWatch Webinar series will focus on planning for and managing during a drought. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered. More information about the BeefWatch Webinar Series can be found on our webpage: https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch-webinar-series

Each webinar is free and will begin at 8:00 PM Central Time.

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Managing Postpartum Anestrus in Beef Cows for a Successful Breeding Season

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 16:55
Monday, March 1, 2021

As calving season is kicking off for many producers, we need to start thinking about how to manage cows during the early postpartum phase for a successful breeding season. Due to calving distribution, one thing to worry about is late calving cows and how limited breeding season lengths can be challenging for them. Therefore, effective planning for reproductive health and limiting the impact of anestrus will ensure that cows are set up for the breeding season.

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Will Record Cold Temperatures Bring Bigger Calf Birthweights?

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 14:44
Monday, March 1, 2021

The relationship between average daily air temperatures during the last trimester a cow is pregnant and calf birthweights has been documented in research done by the University of Nebraska from 1992-1998 (Climate Affects Calf Birth Weights and Calving Difficulty).

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2021 Feedlot Roundtable Webinars

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 11:45
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industries will learn new information related to feedlot management at Nebraska Extension’s 2021 Beef Feedlot Roundtables via webinar in February and March.

“We are hoping feedyard employees and managers find useful information here to use in their own operations and can find a flexible time one of these two weeks to join us,” said Galen Erickson, beef feedlot nutrition specialist. “These will replace our in-person meetings we normally provide across the state annually in February.”

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Grazing and Forage Management During and After Drought

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 13:42
Monday, February 8, 2021

Winter is a good time of year to begin making grazing and forage plans for the upcoming season. Of course, there can be a tremendous amount of uncertainty on what type of growing conditions we will see in the spring and summer. This is especially true if we had droughty conditions the previous summer or little fall and winter precipitation.

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Will Seasonality Patterns for Beef Export Sales and Commitments Hold in 2021?

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 11:27
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Trade occurs when price differences between the two locations are large enough after accounting for transportation cost, exchange rates, tariffs, etc. Exports vary throughout the year since prices reflect current and future supply and demand situations. Seasonality in cattle production, meat demand, and market disruptions are some examples of why wholesale beef prices increase and decrease within a year.

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Calving Management and Reducing Calf Losses in Beef Herds

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 10:19
Monday, February 1, 2021 Factors Causing Calving Difficulty Spanish: 

How Valuabull?

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 19:24
Monday, February 1, 2021

The spring bull sale season is underway.  Catalogs are being studied, EPDs and individual animal performance numbers are being compared, and choices are being made as to which bulls will be the next herd sires. One of the primary drivers in the choice of which bull will be bought is the bull’s price. The perceived breeding value and the expected value of a bull’s offspring are evaluated by the potential purchaser and compared to the bull’s price. As long as the perceived value the bull is expected to bring to the operation exceeds the bull’s cost then the bidding continues.

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How Valuabull?

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 19:23
Monday, February 1, 2021

The spring bull sale season is underway.  Catalogs are being studied, EPDs and individual animal performance numbers are being compared, and choices are being made as to which bulls will be the next herd sires. One of the primary drivers in the choice of which bull will be bought is the bull’s price. The perceived breeding value and the expected value of a bull’s offspring are evaluated by the potential purchaser and compared to the bull’s price. As long as the perceived value the bull is expected to bring to the operation exceeds the bull’s cost then the bidding continues.

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Managing for Heterogeneity on Rangelands in the Nebraska Sandhills

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 16:57
Monday, February 1, 2021

The Nebraska Sandhills is one of the most intact grasslands in the Great Plains of North America. The topography and soil substrate of the Sandhills has limited farming development and allowed for this region to be one of the prime native working landscapes for cattle production in the United States. While range managers use the Sandhill’s nutrient rich forage for grazing to support livestock, pride is also taken in the abundant wildlife and plant habitat this ecosystem provides.

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