Weekly News Releases and Columns

March 12, 2018


Larry Howard

Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension

Serving Cuming County

Tell Us About the Impact of VFD Rules on Your Herd

Managing the health of your herd is a primary responsibility of all farmers. The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules that went into effect January 1, 2017 may have impacted how producer manage herd health. The rules limited the use of medically important antibiotics to disease prevention, control or treatment, and only when a veterinarian writes a VFD for their use.

We would like to learn how those rules have affected your management as well as the health of your animals. Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with Land-Grant Universities nationwide, including Nebraska Extension, is conducting a survey of farmers who raise and manage dairy or beef cattle, swine, sheep or goats. We want to learn about changes that have occurred, in response to the VFD, in terms of your use of antibiotics, health of your herd, and, in your relationship with your veterinarian.

The survey is open from now until April. All responses are confidential and your participation is voluntary. Click to take the survey: VFD Survey (https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eY83E3DiinngljD&Q_JFE=0)

We anticipate that it will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Your thoughtful answers, with examples, will provide good information used by Land-Grant Extension professionals to design educational programs that help food-animal producers.

This survey is only for farmers over the age of 18 who raise food-animals impacted by the VFD rules. Farmers in every state are invited to respond to the survey. The findings will be analyzed by specie type (that is, for beef producers, swine producers, etc.), and by region of the country, and will be shared with Extension professionals in those cooperating states.

FDA implemented the VFD policy changes with the goals of: 1) promoting the judicious use of antibiotics, 2) protecting public health and 3) helping to limit the development of antimicrobial resistance. This policy change was in response to widespread concerns about the rate of development of resistance to common antimicrobials by disease pathogens for both humans and food animals.

Key questions to be answered are what the impacts of those changes have been on health management of herds and herd performance. The responses of food animal producers will help to answer those key questions. All responses are confidential.  All area livestock producers are encouraged to participate.


Eastern Nebraska Extension Beef Workshops

Nebraska Extension are hosting Beef Profitability Workshops in Eastern Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Extension Educators will be presenting the information.

These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past fifteen years.  Workshops are sponsored by Nebraska Extension.  The cost is $15.00 which is payable at the door, but pre-registration is encouraged so we know how many will be attending.

Workshops that will be held in the area during March include the following locations.

March 13, 2018 – Wayne County at 1:00 p.m. @ Wayne Fire Hall in Wayne, NE.  Topics include “Points of Leverage in a Cow-Calf Operation”, “Unit Cost of Production for Cow-Calf”,  “Composting Livestock Mortality”and "Grazing System Selection".  Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 9th.

March 14, 2018 – Colfax County at 1:00 p.m. @ Colfax County Fairgrounds in Leigh, NE. Topics include “Round Bale Storage”, “Temporary Fencing and Water” and “Composting Livestock Mortality”. Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 9th.

March 15, 2018 – Washington County Extension Office at 1:00 p.m. in Blair, NE.  Topics include “Points of Leverage in a Cow-Calf Operation”, “Unit Cost of Production for Cow-Calf”,  “Composting Livestock Mortality” and Feed Cost Cow-Q-Lator".  Pre-register by contacting Larry Howard at 402-372-6006 by March 12th.


Source: Larry Howard, Extension Educator

RELEASE DATE:  March 12, 2018

CASNR Experience the Power of Red Visit March 15

The demand for skilled graduate in food, agriculture, renewable resources and STEM is on the rise.  High school and transfer students can take their first step towards filling one of these openings by attending the Experience the Power of Red Visit Day on March 15.

The event is an opportunity to learn more about the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

During the Experience the Power of Red Visit Day, attendees will explore the university’s East Campus, and meet current CASNR faculty, staff and students.  Students can learn about the college’s 30 academic programs and one pre-professional program in areas such as animal science, plant science, soil science, climate, golf, business, mechanized systems, leadership, food and forensic science.

The visit will begin at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments and a browsing session, where students get a brief introduction to each department in the college.  Following a welcome at 9:15 a.m., students and parents will attend academic sessions that offer more in-depth information about each academic program.  The event concludes with lunch and a scholarship drawing at 11:15 a.m.  Optional tours of City Campus and East Campus will begin at noon.

Advanced registration is required by March 9.  To register, visit http://go.unl.edu/casnrvisitday


Source: Melissa Nordboe, Extension Assistant

RELEASE DATE:  March 12, 2018