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Beef Systems

Nebraska Extension will be holding BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) training & certification training Thursday, December 5th at the Atkinson Community Center starting at 10:00 a.m. BQA concerns it's self with-practices throughout the production process, namely dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality.

Nebraska Extension is hosting the 2019 Beef Update on December 5th at the Atkinson Community Center. In the morning, private pesticide applicator or beef quality assurance training will be offered at 10:00 am. This morning session is an opportunity for individual to receive certification or recertification to meet the needs to apply and/or purchase restricted use pesticides or sell cattle to Tyson. There is a fee associated with both of these programs. Private Pesticide fee is $40.00 and Beef Quality Assurance fee is $20.00 A free lunch will be available.

This summer, Nebraska Extension is hosting series of pasture walks across northeast Nebraska the 3rd Tuesday of the month, June – September. The first event will be held June 18th at 4:00 PM at the Dave Hansen ranch, 51193 875 Rd. Orchard, NE. Dave will provide a tour of his cow/calf and grass finished operation as well as sharing his personal grazing approach. 

By: Amy Timmerman – Extension Educator and Jim Jansen – Extension Educator

There are many things on our checklist as we recover from these historic floods and blizzards from the past several day.  As we move forward, producers need to know the basics of the Livestock Indemnity Program and how this program may provide financial assistance to help cover livestock losses.  Below is a brief description of the livestock indemnity program but as the steps you need to take to make a claim with the USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA).

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.