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Winter Wheat may have more Value as Forage than Taking it to Grain

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 14:15
Monday, May 1, 2023

Current cattle market conditions along with the price and short availability of hay has created a scenario where the growing winter wheat crop may have more value for producers for grazing or as a hay crop this spring than to harvest it for grain. The current market value of good quality prairie hay and alfalfa ranges from $180 to $270 per ton.  Hay stocks are short. Harvested feed costs at current hay prices range from $3.00-$4.00 per cow-calf pair per day. 

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Practice Tick Safety to Avoid Getting an Allergy to Red Meat

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 13:53
Monday, May 1, 2023

Spring is an appropriate time for tick education. Ticks may be active all year long if temperatures outside are above freezing, but May and June are the months when people pick up the most ticks. There are three tick species established in Nebraska that carry and spread diseases to humans and animals, including the lone star tick. Lone star ticks are widely distributed across the East, South and Central United States, extending across the southeastern portion of Nebraska (see figures at the end of the article).

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Opciones Para La Sincronización Del Estro en Esta Temporada De Cría

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 12:25
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 Una temporada de reproducción exitosa requiere planificación. La sincronización del estro es una herramienta que puede beneficiar a los productores de ganado si se usa correctamente.Spanish: Spanish

Nebraska – the Beef State

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 11:52
Monday, May 1, 2023

Each May we celebrate National Beef Month. One of the great things to enjoy in the Beef State is the moment in which producers and consumers come together over a juicy steak. As delicious and nutritious beef recipes are shared in local newspapers and across social media, it is a great reminder that the beef industry has a large impact on Nebraskans far and wide.

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Why Grazing Before Pastures are Ready Can Have Lasting Impacts and How to Limit the Damage

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 11:41
Monday, May 1, 2023

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Packing Small Grain Silage When It Is Too Wet Can Be a Costly Mistake

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 10:35
Monday, May 1, 2023

Small grains are an excellent choice as a double-cropped forage for a spring silage crop. However, making good quality small grain silage takes careful moisture management.

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Horn flies and Control Options

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 09:51
Monday, May 1, 2023

Nebraska’s spring weather conditions have made it more difficult to predict the emergence of horn flies. If the current weather pattern continues, we should start to see horn fly emergence in the southeast part of the state in early May, reaching northern Nebraska by late May. If we experience an abrupt and sustained warm-up, horn fly numbers could reach or exceed the Economic Injury Level (EIL) statewide by the end of May. The EIL represents a fly population of 200 flies per animal that negatively impacts cattle production enough to warrant paying for a fly control measure.

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Garlic for Horn fly Control

Tue, 04/25/2023 - 16:28
Monday, May 1, 2023

Many livestock producers have shown a strong interest in using garlic to reduce horn flies on pastured cattle. Garlic is commercially available in a pre-mix mineral or can be purchased and mixed by the producer in mineral or salt, normally at a concentration of 2% garlic.

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Insecticide Impregnated Ear Tags Available for 2023

Tue, 04/25/2023 - 15:40
Monday, May 1, 2023

Insecticide-impregnated ear tags were first introduced in the late 1970s and have been used to reduce face fly and horn fly populations. Active ingredients in insecticide ear tags kill flies by direct contact. Small amounts of insecticide are released from the ear tag into the oils present on animal’s hair. The face, neck, topline and flanks receive the most product through natural grooming behavior. Interaction between cattle enhances the transfer of product between animals.

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Pasture Fly Resistance

Tue, 04/25/2023 - 14:53
Monday, May 1, 2023

Regardless of your choice of livestock fly control product and application method, plan for resistance. For example, many horn fly populations in Nebraska exhibit a level of resistance to synthetic pyrethroid insecticides.

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Keeping Stress in Check – Strategies and Tools that May Help

Tue, 04/25/2023 - 14:11
Monday, May 1, 2023

The weather impacts producers right and left. A storm can come up suddenly and be short-term, whereas a drought can build and persist long-term. Stress can be similar in nature. We can have acute, stressful moments when we get into town too late to pick up that important part to fix equipment before chores the next day.  Stress can become chronic when one bad thing happens after the other. Many have experienced the effects of drought, first with not enough rain for pasture and forage production leaving us short and having to spend extra money to find additional hay or forage.

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Sizing and Siting a Shade Structure

Fri, 04/21/2023 - 16:25
Monday, May 1, 2023

With winter reluctantly fading in the rear-view mirror, those hot days of late spring and summer are not very far off for cattle operations here in the Central Plains.  It’s certainly not too soon to take another look at the role that shade can play in limiting heat stress in cattle.  Consider the recently published findings of two studies overseen by Dr. Terry Mader (now retired UNL feedlot environment extension specialist).

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Zoonotic Disease Risks during Calving Season

Fri, 04/21/2023 - 15:57
Monday, May 1, 2023

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), zoonotic diseases are pathogens that can be spread from animals to humans, leading to illness.  The CDC reported 59 zoonotic outbreaks in 2017, causing over 1500 illnesses and three reported deaths.  There are several different germs that have the potential to be zoonotic, with some more prevalent than others.  The disease lists can be categorized in different ways, such as route of transmission, type of pathogen, or production season.  While it is important to familiarize yourself with all potential areas

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New Nebraska Custom Rates Survey Related to Livestock Services

Wed, 04/05/2023 - 14:51
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 Many farmers and ranchers make inquiries to Nebraska Extension about prevailing rates paid for various kinds of custom farm services. In addition to the regular biennial custom rates survey, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability has launched a new survey designed to provide market rate information for the Nebraska livestock industry. Producers and operators that perform and provide custom services for others, or that utilize custom services and pay others, are invited to participate in the survey. Spanish: 

Calf Processing and Branding

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 16:22
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Calving is just underway across the country, which means calf processing and branding (if applicable in your area) is just around the corner.

For those who may not be calving already or those looking for good calving reading material, it is good to revisit some calving best management practices. Previous articles listed in BeefWatch do a great job highlighting specifics related to calving.

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Krutsinger gift helps contribute to Beef Scholar Minor

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 15:37
Saturday, April 1, 2023

In December, Carol Krutsinger made a $1 million gift to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) to develop the next generation of beef industry leaders.

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Winter Bull Management and What to Do if Your Bulls Get Frostbite on the Testes?

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 15:23
Saturday, April 1, 2023

A recent BeefWatch article highlighted the importance of timing for a Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE) in our bull battery especially with the winter weather many of our producers have been experiencing. With that in mind, let us dive in a little deeper to how this harsh winter weather can impact bull fertility and how to address management for this next breeding season.

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Winter Bull Management and What to Do if Your Bulls Get Frostbite on the Testes?

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 15:21
Saturday, April 1, 2023

A recent BeefWatch article highlighted the importance of timing for a Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE) in our bull battery especially with the winter weather many of our producers have been experiencing. With that in mind, let us dive in a little deeper to how this harsh winter weather can impact bull fertility and how to address management for this next breeding season.

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Options for Estrus Synchronization this Breeding Season

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 12:09
Saturday, April 1, 2023

A successful breeding season requires planning. Estrus synchronization is one tool that can benefit cattle producers if used correctly. Estrus synchronization can allow more females to be bred earlier in the breeding season and can shorten the postpartum interval in late-calving females, allowing them to become pregnant earlier in the calving season.

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Understanding Scours

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 11:46
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Neonatal calf diarrhea, or scours, is a common concern among cow-calf producers.  Understanding why scours occurs is the first step in preventing the problem.  Calf scours outbreaks are the result of a contaminated calving and nursing environment.  This environmental contamination develops following a period of pathogen (germ) buildup, or amplification.

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