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Grazing Corn Stalks or Corn Residue?

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:10
Thursday, October 1, 2020
  • There are 8 lbs of grazable dry matter per bushel of corn.
  • Leaf and husk make up 39.6% of the dry matter in corn residue.
  • Intake on corn residue fields will be close to 2% of bodyweight.
  • Check questionable fields for excessive corn before grazing.

Cautions for Cattle Grazing Frosted Forages

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 14:48
Thursday, October 1, 2020

When some forages are frosted, the potential for bloat, toxicity, and nitrates may increase for grazing cattle.


Hunting Leases as an Added Enterprise

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 14:14
Thursday, October 1, 2020

A review of articles on hunting leases. 

Landowners seeking additional income options for their operation might consider leasing out their land for wildlife activities. The potential income can be considerable. Leases could be for hunting, fishing or birding.


Fall Fly Control for Pastured Cattle in Nebraska

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 13:23
Thursday, October 1, 2020

What control options are available for late season flies on pastured cattle?


Fencing & Water for Beef Cattle

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 13:33
Thursday, October 1, 2020

The goal of any grazing operation is to introduce the cow or calf to forage in adequate quality and quantity for their needs.  A majority of cattle operations in Nebraska use pasture or native range for grazing during the growing season and crop residues or harvested purchased feed for the remainder of the year. Alternatives may include grazing cover crops in the production of traditional commodity crops, irrigation of grazed forages, and introduction of grasses into existing crop rotation and crop residues. 


Limitations of Remote Drug Delivery Devices for Cattle Health Management

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:11
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 This is the final session of a four-part webinar series on calf health management on arrival. Dr. Brian Vander Ley discusses the limitations of remote drug delivery devices (dart guns) for cattle health management.Spanish: 

Calf Health Management on Arrival – Producer Perspective

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:05
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 This video is part of the Calf Health Management on Arrival webinar series. John Schroeder, manager of Darr Feedlot near Cozad, NE, highlights some of their receiving protocols and feeding programs for calves on arrival.Spanish: 

Role of Nutrition in Health Maintenance of Calves

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:03
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 This is the third session of a four-part webinar series on calf health management on arrival. Dr. Clint Krehbiel discusses the role of nutrition in health maintenance of calves.Spanish: 

Arrival Health Programs for High-Risk Calves

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 08:59
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 This is the second session of a four-part webinar series on calf health management on arrival. Dr. Dan Thomson discusses arrival health programs for high-risk calves. Dr. Thomson shares some handling procedures that reduce arrival stress and promote health.Spanish: 

Systems Approach to Maintaining Health in High-Risk Calves

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 08:54
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 This is the first session of a four-part webinar series on calf health management on arrival. Dr. John Groves shares a systems approach to maintaining health in high-risk calves. Dr. Groves provides a virtual demonstration of how he works with clients on penning cattle to minimize health risk.Spanish: 

Drought Decisions: Profit Maximizing Decisions During and After Drought Conditions

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 10:23
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Forage, pasture, and weather conditionsSpanish: 

Drought and Pasture Lease Considerations

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 14:28
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Few words cause as much concern for those with pasture or rangeland as drought.  In 2012 when the latest widespread drought covered most of the state, some of the most difficult conversations were occurring between landowners with pasture and their tenants.   


Nebraska Extension to Host BeefWatch Webinar Series

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 13:41
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will host the 2020 BeefWatch Webinar Series. The webinars will take place weekly beginning on Tuesday, October 6.

The BeefWatch Webinar series is designed to highlight management strategies in grazing, nutrition, reproduction, and economics to increase cow/calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered. 


Cover Crops in Corn Systems: Opportunities for Dual Use Webinar Scheduled for September 15th

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 13:20
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Can planting cover crops in corn systems provide the dual benefits of improving soil health and be an economical source of forage? This webinar will cover lessons learned on incorporating cover crops after corn silage, high moisture corn, and dry corn harvest in Nebraska. The session will consist of short presentations with ample time for questions and discussion.

The webinar will be held via Zoom on September 15th at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (central time).


Overgrazing Pastures

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 13:10
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fully utilizing a pasture doesn’t mean it should look like a golf course. If good grass is seen in the pasture when moving to another pasture, that is usually a good thing; that’s proper management. Even during drought or drier years, management can be done well. Trying to push pasture during drought years is especially hard on pasture and can have detrimental long-term effects. Many of our pastures are very resilient and have been through very tough times. Repeat or severe abuse will take over that resiliency.


What Are the Barriers and Benefits of Manure Use in Cropping Systems? (part 1 of 2)

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 13:47
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Animal manures can be a “valuable asset” or a “pain in the assets”.  The right amounts in the right location can be very beneficial to Nebraska’s crop, soil, and water resources.  Too much manure or manure in the wrong place is an environmental concern. Our ability to place manure where its benefits are maximized and to manage manure so that its challenges are minimal is important to agriculture’s sustainability.


Don’t risk abortions this winter: Double check your cow herd vitamin A supplementation plans

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 11:18
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Pasture mature and brown early due to drought?Spanish: 

Choosing a Method for Pregnancy Diagnosis

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:23
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Previous research has shown the benefit of pregnancy diagnosis and how it adds to a producer’s bottom line. Keeping one cow over winter can cost $100-$200 in feed and supplements so removing open cows can help decrease winter feed costs. Pregnancy diagnosis is a very valuable tool in the beef industry and it is grossly underutilized. Only about 20% of producers employ some sort of a pregnancy diagnosis in their herd. Producers have options for pregnancy determination that vary in price and difficulty- transrectal palpation, transrectal ultrasound, and a blood test.


Selecting and Developing Replacement Heifers

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 14:15
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fall is the time of year when many cow-calf producers make their replacement heifer selections and begin planning for the development of those heifers into bred females. The following are tips for selecting and developing replacement heifers.


The following are suggestions for replacement heifer selection from Dr. Jim Gosey, Beef Specialist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The first thing Dr. Gosey suggests is removing heifers that are:


Selecting Replacement Heifers Based on Birth Date and Age of Dam

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:51
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Two research studies at the University of Nebraska by Dr. Rick Funston, beef reproductive physiologist at the West Central Research and Extension Center, suggest that the key information needed to identify heifers most likely to be successful as replacements is known the day the heifers are born.