Nebraska is nationally known as the Beef State. Our team provides research-based information and resources to beef producers to help them provide an economical, safe, quality product to consumers while protecting and preserving Nebraska's vast natural resources.

Active in all 93 counties and at beef.unl.edu

Beef Systems

The Husker Beef Lab will be at the Butte Fire Hall on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm providing hands-on experiences for youth, their parents and the public.

The Beef Lab experience will teach science principles through a ruminant animal - its complexities and what makes the ruminant truly unique in the environment and ecosystem.

The goal of the Beef Lab experience is to teach Nebraskans the value of, and support the production of, high quality, protein beef animals.

UNL Rural Stress and Family Wellness work group has collected resources for farmers and ranchers to address stress and suicide prevention in Nebraska.  

Efficiency and sustainability are important topics to beef consumers and the future success of the beef industry. These topics are also the theme of Nebraska Extension’s Ranching for Profitability session in 2019.

In January, Ranching for Profitability will be offered as a webinar that beef producers can join from any of 13 downlink locations across Nebraska, or from their home via the internet. A list of sites and registration information follows.

Summer in Nebraska is usually characterized by warm sunny days that fuel thunderstorms popping up in the afternoon and evening hours.  Heavy rain, hail, and damaging winds are no stranger to us.  This year in the northern part of the state however it seems like the heavy rain has gotten a bit carried away.  While a bit of excess moisture is always welcome, the continual deluge this summer has left low lying hay ground flooded, fields hailed out, and producers scrambling to put up they hay they can get to in the narrow window between storms.  

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.

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.