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University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Beef Team Annual Beef Heifer Replacement Forecast for 2022 Production Season

Fri, 01/28/2022 - 16:30
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

What is a respectable beef replacement heifer value for the coming 2022 production season? 

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Planning for Spring Annual Forages

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 16:44
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

While we are still early in the new year, 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 for possible discounts. 

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2022 Beef Feedlot Roundtables in Bridgeport, North Platte, West Point

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 15:42
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industries will learn new information related to feedlot price reporting, health, labor and sustainability at Nebraska Extension’s 2022 Beef Feedlot Roundtables Feb. 22-24 in Bridgeport, North Platte and West Point.

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Cow Nutrition Considerations at Calving and Early Lactation

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 16:30
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

This article was originally featured in Progressive Cattle.

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The Value of Hay as Fertilizer

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 16:01
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

This time of year, many producers are feeding cows hay.  Have you ever stopped to think about what the dollar value of the nutrients in the hay are worth as fertilizer once they have been processed by the cow?

Mature cows at maintenance should excrete 100% of the nutrients they consume in terms of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. 

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Feedlots Towards Estimated National Herd Contraction

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:32
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

This article was first published by In the Cattle Markets on Jan. 18, 2022.

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Silage for Beef Cattle Conference: Small Grain Silage Set for March 17th

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:10
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Attend in-person or online to learn how to reduce costs and improve feed quality of small grain silages.

Nebraska Extension, Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting the fourth Silage for Beef Cattle Conference on March 17, 2022. This year the focus is on how to get the most out of small grain silages.  Registration is free and producers have the option to either stream the conference online or attend in-person at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center in Ithaca, Neb.

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Updated Nebraska Cow Herd System Budgets Available Now

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 11:32
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Practices, conditions, and prices change. Therefore, enterprise budgets must be updated at least annually. Several of the geographically representative Nebraska cow herd budgets produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were updated over the past several months. Primarily, feed and cattle prices were updated, with three additional budgets completed.

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Current Drivers and Atypical Seasonal Patterns in the Cull Cow Cutout

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 11:19
Saturday, January 1, 2022

This article was first published by In the Cattle Markets on Dec. 7, 2021

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The Impact of Price and Management on Culling Decisions

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 10:49
Saturday, January 1, 2022

The following is a summary of the webinar “The Impact of Price and Management on Culling Decisions” given on November 4, 2021, as part of the Center for Agriculture Profitability weekly webinar series housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This webinar can be viewed here, with an accompanying podcast above.

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LRP Insurance for Fed Cattle and Put Options: Farmer-Feeder Considerations

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 10:20
Saturday, January 1, 2022

This article was first published in the November 2021 edition of RightRisk News

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Cow-Calf College to be held January 25th

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 10:22
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Cow-Calf College is gearing up to be hosted January 25th at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the Activities Building. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. This year’s program will be offered in a hybrid format through zoom and attendance in person. The focus of the 2022 Cow-Calf College will start with an in-depth look at eastern redcedar control in the morning, an update by beef cow-calf specialist, Kacie McCarthy and a special presentation by Tom Field focusing on ways to engage youth in the beef industry.   

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How to Develop a Custom Calving Agreement

Tue, 12/28/2021 - 10:05
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Calving someone else’s cows or heifers can be a great enterprise for a beginning rancher, a method to reduce the overhead cost of facilities and equipment, and a strategy for marketing feed. Or, having someone else calve some or all of your cowherd can reduce labor and stress and allow for an operation to remain sustainable or expand if skilled seasonal labor is limited.

Having a simple and straightforward agreement in writing can be the difference between disagreement and disappointment and a satisfying experience for both parties involved.

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Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) Benchmark Data – A Review

Tue, 12/21/2021 - 10:34
Saturday, January 1, 2022

The 2021 North Dakota Livestock Research Report includes an article on the North Dakota State University CHAPS data recording software program that works with cow-calf producers to enter and store cow herd production information and then provides a framework to analyze and compare data to other herds in the program. The CHAPS program began in 1985 with the intent to help producers set goals and then manage herds to achieve these goals.

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Differences Between High-, Medium-, and Low-Profit Cow-Calf Producers: An Analysis of 2016-2020 Kansas Farm Management Association Cow-Calf Enterprise – A Review

Fri, 12/17/2021 - 11:34
Saturday, January 1, 2022

This study by Dustin L. Pendell Ph.D. and Kevin L. Herbel can be found at the Kansas State University AgManager.info website. Review and summary by Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator.

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Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options

Fri, 12/17/2021 - 10:52
Saturday, January 1, 2022

The next session of “Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options,” Nebraska Extension’s four-part record-keeping course, will be held virtually from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. central time on January 18, 20, 25, and 27.

Participants should plan on attending each of the four workshop dates. The course requires participants to have an internet connection. 

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Three-State Beef Conference: Long-term Planning for the Cow Herd

Fri, 12/17/2021 - 10:29
Saturday, January 1, 2022 Area beef producers should make plans to attend the annual Three-State Beef Conference that is scheduled for January 11, 12 and 13, 2022 with locations in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. The Three-State Beef Conference is designed to give beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska a regular update on current sire, cow-calf, and economic topics. All sessions will be held during the evening to help accommodate producers who work off the farm during the day. Spanish: 

Winter Supplementation of Beef Calves – When Supplementation Doesn’t Pay

Fri, 12/17/2021 - 09:51
Friday, January 1, 2021

Spring born calves are often weaned in the fall, supplemented through the winter at a low rate of gain, and then graze summer grass, taking advantage of compensatory gain until feedlot entry. Many producers assume providing minimal protein supplementation to target approximately 1.0 pound/day gain during the winter is the most economical system. However, research data would suggest this assumption is not the most economical management system.

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Cost and Value of Gain for Retained Feeder Cattle in Nebraska

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 07:16
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The fall run of feeder cattle is underway across the United States. Producers are now left with the decision to retain or sell weaned calves. A financially sound business decision is one where what it costs me to put on weight is less than what the market is willing to pay me to put it on. While that decision is straightforward, some limiting factors can impact these calculations.

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