Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

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Hay quality can vary a lot depending on when it was cut, growing conditions and how it was harvested and stored. Accurately sampling and testing hay is the only way to get an accurate nutritive value so you can know what to feed. Central Sandhills Area Extension loans out hay probes for ranchers to collect hay samples. Call 645-2267 if you would like to borrow one or just have questions on sampling hay, grazing plans, or drought management strategies.

Curious about adding small ruminants to an operation? This workshop will be held on June 8, in O'Neill. The program is primarily sheep centered, but anyone with an interest in goats is also more than welcome. Topics will include multi-species grazing, general sheep production conversations, nutrition of cattle versus sheep and marketing your products. Additionally, local experienced producers from each state will be answering questions in a roundtable discussion. For more information, please contact Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension Educator, 308-532-2683 or .

This workshop will be held in Valentine, on June 13. Research from Oklahoma State University found the most common transition plan was dividing assets equally among family members, but this method also had the lowest probability of success. A Generational Ranch Transition Workshop will be held in Valentine June 13 at the Niobrara Conference Room from 10 to 2:30 CT. To register or for more info, please call the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850. 



You can email these to,, or  You can also mail these to Central Sandhills Area Extension Office PO Box 148 Thedford, NE 69166.

Attention Sandhills youth, if you are interested in participating in this state level event with youth from the area, please contact Shaniya at! Practices will be held in May and June. Volunteer adult chaperones may be needed depending on team size. The Nebraska 4-H Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) features a variety of state-level animal science contests. The two-day event is designed to help youth explore issues related to the animal industry, discover college and career opportunities, and work with other teens from across the state.

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