In this Beef Update newsletter, you will find:

What to do During a Distillers Grains Shortage

COVID-19 Branding Guidelines

Beef Basics Online Courses

Nutritional Management to Prepare for the Breeding Season

Pesticide Safety Education Program

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance with developing rations for your cattle. Stay well!

Distillers Grains Shortage

The current economic situation has resulted in lower crude oil prices, followed by increased difficulty for ethanol plants to produce competitive fuel sources. In turn, many ethanol plants are planning to shut down until the economy stabilizes. The domino effect is that cattle producers may find themselves without distillers grains, hopefully for only a short period of time. A recent BeefWatch article, What to do During a Distillers Grains Shortage, provides more information on how to handle tight distillers grains supply.

COVID-19 Branding Guidelines

Important Notice

This Year Needs to be Strictly Business

• Limit branding to essential crew only (smallest crew possible to get the job done.)

• Stay home if you are sick

• Leave grandparents, children, and high-risk individuals at home

• Use a calf table if possible

• Guidance for meals Sack lunch or pack a lunch if possible. If buffest style, have servers wearing gloves. Serve food & eat outside when possible practicing social distancing. Keep your distance in line and while eating.

• Please do not pass around the bottle

• Bandanas may limit exposure

This event may take longer this year, though by taking these precautions we can reduce spread. These are unprecedented times. Thank you for doing your part to flatten the curve.

Beef Basics Online Courses

The Beef Basics program started in 1993 and was designed for beef producers, feed consultants and veterinarians wanting to learn more about beef production. Since then, more than 5,500 individuals from more than 40 states have used the Beef Basics courses to further their education. Sharpen your cow/calf management skills from the comfort of your own home by participating in the Beef Basics program today! For more information, visit

Pesticide Safety Education Program

Due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus situation, all remaining scheduled Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) and Chemigation training sessions have been canceled. Please see the following online options for certification and recertification: For private PSEP, visit to register for the online private training course. For initial commercial PSEP, visit to purchase the appropriate flipbooks. Arrangements will need to be made for testing with NDA. For recertification commercial PSEP, those already registered will be contacted.