Nebraska Extension in Holt & Boyd Counties

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Market gurus say to make profits you must buy low and sell high.  What market gives you that opportunity today?  The stock market?  No, it's the hay market!

High rainfall in many areas produced high yields of both grass and alfalfa hay this year.  Add to that the high carryover from last year plus lots of crop residues available and you get an abundance of forage for this winter. And when winter forage is abundant, hay prices go down.

All this rain also led to some poor hay making weather which has resulted in a shortage of really high quality alfalfa.  As a result, some alfalfa growers in Nebraska are receiving well over 150 dollars per ton for superior quality dairy hay.

Summer weather can cause hay to be baled too wet or silage chopped too dry.  Now that hay and silage has heated and turned brown.  How should you feed these forages? 

Hay baled too wet or silage chopped to dry can get excessively hot and cause certain chemical reactions to occur.  These chemical reactions and the heat that produces them will darken your forage and make it smell sweet like caramel.

Nebraska Extension is planning its 9th Farm Beginnings® Program at the Kimmel Education and Research Center at 5985 G Road Nebraska City, NE 68410 for January, 2018. Plans are being made for Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society to facilitate the Farm Beginnings® Program to be held in Nebraska City. The Farm Beginnings® Program is an educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise. Farm Beginnings® participants engage in a mentorship experience and network with a variety of successful, innovative farmers; attend practical, high quality seminars, field days and conferences.

Ranchers who want to reduce calf loss at calving, and to learn how to properly assist cows at calving, should plan to attend “Assisting the Beef Cow at Calving” with Dr. Robert Mortimer, a nationally known veterinarian from Colorado State University.  Programs will be held at six sites across the state. The cost is $20, which can be paid at the door. 

Dr. Mortimer will discuss “Handling Calving Difficulty” with emphasis on decision making and the “Hows” and “Whys” of techniques for providing assistance. 

Dr. Mortimer developed a program strongly emphasizing hands-on experience in in calving management and produced a video with Elanco and Beef Today on “How to Save More Calves at Calving.” 

Lincoln, NE – Nov. 21, 2017-  This month we would like to congratulate the Cloverdale 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for November 2017. This club from Chambers, in Holt County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

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