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COVID-19 Branding Guidelines

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 16:18
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Branding is the social event of the spring signaling the end of winter and the long hours of calving, and the beginning of greener pastures ahead. Friends and neighbors come from far and wide to help out and relive the cherished tradition.

As the US continues to limit the spread of COVID-19 by closing offices and promoting social distancing and working from home, agriculture does not stop. The work must go on. Although calves must be branded, not taking precautions can mean the difference between life and death for some loved ones.  

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Will Feeding Silage to Lactating Cows Give my Calves Scours?

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:02
Friday, May 1, 2020

Many cow-calf producers in Nebraska have become accustomed to using distillers grains as a source of both protein and energy to help meet the nutritional needs of lactating cows from calving until green grass is available. Due to the ongoing distillers shortage, many producers are considering including corn silage in the ration to help alleviate some of the energy shortfall in their hay resources. However, concerns have been expressed that silage in the diet will result in diarrhea or scours in their calves.

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What is your Competitive Advantage?

Wed, 04/15/2020 - 16:15
Friday, May 1, 2020

One of the ways that beef producers can be successful in their business is to identify what their competitive advantage is in relation to their competition.  What is it about your product, skills, reputation, business structure, location or service that sets you apart from others?  What gives you a “leg up” on the competition?

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Heifer CONSULT Available for use by Beef Cow-calf Producers

Wed, 04/15/2020 - 12:06
Friday, May 1, 2020

Heifer CONSULT (Collaborative, Online, Novel, Science-based, User-friendly, Learning, Tool) is designed to help beef cow-calf producers improve the reproductive success of their heifers and young cows.  If a producer is not satisfied with the current reproductive success of replacement heifers and/or first-calf heifers, this CONSULT will help identify problem areas and provide possible solutions. Please work closely with your veterinarian to create the best heifer development program for your herd.

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Best Management Practices for Livestock and Farm Operations to Stop the Spread of a Virus (like COVID-19)

Wed, 04/15/2020 - 08:31
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Continuing production in a pandemic situation requires that people in agriculture carefully consider how COVID-19 infections may impact the operations in which they work.Spanish: 

Superficies Lodosas en Corrales de Engorda: ¿Cuáles son mis opciones?

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 14:50
Monday, April 13, 2020 Una combinación indeseable de eventos de precipitación y ciclos de congelación y descongelación ha contribuido a algunas superficies muy lodosas en corrales de engorda en el invierno y la primavera del 2019 en Nebraska. Estas superficies lodosas contribuyen al bajo rendimiento de los animales, problemas de salud como el gabarro y problemas de olor para los vecinos a medida que las temperaturas aumentan. Este artículo aborda algunas preguntas comunes sobre opciones para el manejo de corrales de engorda lodosos.Spanish: Spanish

Prescribed Burning for Cedar Tree Control – A Producer’s Perspective

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 15:07
Friday, April 10, 2020 Cedar tree encroachment on pasture and rangelands is a tremendous challenge for farmers and ranchers in the state of Nebraska.Spanish: 

Targeted Grazing to Manage Cheatgrass

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:25
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

While Mother Nature decided to give us a taste of spring last weekend then pull it right back, the reminder that pasture green up is just around the corner shouldn’t be ignored. One of the earliest species we see greening up is cheatgrass (also called Downy brome, Bromus tectorum). This invasive species is found throughout Nebraska but is most prevalent on rangelands in the western portion of the state. Early spring is a good time to begin planning for cheatgrass management.

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What to Do During a Distillers Grains Shortage

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:24
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Domino Effect

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Using Goals with Ranch Decision Making - A Producer’s Perspective

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:20
Monday, March 23, 2020 Clearly identifying ranch goals and using those with decision making can help ranch families identify which enterprises they should be engaged in. Spanish: 

Estrus Synchronization and the Breeding Season - Resources to Review for 2020

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 13:26
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

For most producers the spring breeding season is still a ways off, but now is a good time to review estrus synchronization protocols and develop a plan for this year.  There are several Extension resources that can be helpful in preparing for the upcoming breeding season.

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Simple Synchronization of Cows - One Injection, One Time through the Chute, and Bull Breed

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:43
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Have you wanted to have more calves born earlier in your calving season, but did not want to deal with the increase in labor, cost and facilities to utilize estrus synchronization and artificial insemination?  The protocol shown (Figure 1.) can increase the number of cows coming into estrus early in the breeding season, with one time through the chute, one injection, and breeding using only natural service.

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General Management Considerations to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:36
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Artificial insemination (AI) is the most powerful tool cow-calf producers have to improve beef cattle genetics. Still, they have been slow to adopt this technology due to the time and labor of heat checking and a market structure that until recently did not reward genetic improvement. However, markets are now rewarding improved genetics (e.g. premiums) and improved fixed time AI (FTAI) protocols make it easier for the cow-calf producer to use AI.

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Nebraska Range Short Course June 22 - 25, 2020

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:22
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Nebraska Range Short Course is scheduled for June 22 to 25, 2020 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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What Should My Pastures Look Like? Interpreting Rangeland Monitoring Data

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 16:56
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Conducting rangeland monitoring is an important task to help managers understand how rangeland management practices affect plant communities and soil health. A network of knowledge exchange between cattle producers and scientists can help this data become more meaningful and useful in an adaptive rangeland management framework. The Sandhills Rangeland Monitoring Cooperative (SRMC) is a new collaborative project between UNL Extension and cattle producers in the Nebraska Sandhills.

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Considerations for Successful Estrus Synchronization Programs

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:42
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

With spring calving in full swing, it is a good time to start thinking about if your cows are prepared for breeding season. Making sure your cows are in a good body condition score prior to calving is one of the most important steps to ensuring your cows stay on track to rebreed whether you plan to turn bulls out, synchronize, AI, or a combination. If you plan to utilize synchronization to tighten your breeding season, there are a few things you should consider.

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Ranch Equipment - Needed or Nice to Have?

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 11:42
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

For a cow-calf enterprise, the second largest expense after grazed and harvested feed is often overhead expenses related to labor and equipment.  In ranching, an overhead expense is one that doesn’t change very much based on the number of cows that are in production.  For example, the pickup, tractor, ATV, trailer, feeding equipment, and working facilities used to care for 150 cows would also likely be adequate to care for 500 cows.  On a cost per cow unit basis, spreading that equipment cost over 500 cows versus 150 cows drastically reduces the equipment cost per cow. 

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Foreign Animal Disease: Implications for Traceability

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:02
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Two statements commonly spoken by market analysts and producers are: 1) beef is a differentiated product and 2) global beef supply impacts domestic prices. These are so frequently quoted that we might forget how these two statements imply modifications in local risk management and production practices. So, how do these statements apply to a hypothetical Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) situation in the United States (US)?


FMD Implications for US Beef Supply

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Value Added Fed and Feeder Cattle Practices: Are they Paying?

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 14:16
Sunday, March 1, 2020

A lot of time is spent on analyzing trends and movements in the quality and yield grade of slaughtered cattle and for good reason. These premiums indicate whether the market is willing to pay for producing a higher quality product. As producers respond to these premiums or discounts the relative share of quality graded cattle changes. For example, as the Choice-Select spread widens there is a greater incentive to feed cattle longer.

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Consumers Pay Organic Premiums – Chicken is King and Beef Lags

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 13:55
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Local” and “Organic” are two forms of production that have received considerable public attention in the last 10 years. The label of “Local” and “Organic” are noticeably vague and at times can cause confusion among consumers. The USDA has no specific definition of the “Local” label but work to promote locally grown products.

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