Knox County Large Beef Weigh-In4-H/FFA Large Beef Weigh Day
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9-11 a.m.
Bloomfield Vet Clinic
Pre-registration required by February 28th
Private Pesticide Applicator TrainingsA license necessary to purchase and apply restricted use chemicals on agricultural lands in the state of Nebraska.
Knox County Dates:
• February 27, 1:30 pm - Community Center in Bloomfield
• March 12, 1:30 pm - Walter Larsen Senior Center in Creighton
Information for Crops and Cow Calf Producers
Extension Is On The MoveInformation on farming, ranching, healthy eating choices, children and family, and lawn/garden.
Knox County 4-H ProgramCurrent Information about the Knox County 4-H Program and the Knox County Fair
Nebraska Extension-Knox County will host a Beef Producer Update at the Knox County Extension office in Center on Wednesday, February 19th and the Madison County Extension office in Norfolk on Friday, February 21st. Both locations will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Focusing on winter herd management, the event will provide producers information on moisture impacts on hay and how to best utilize damaged bales, body condition scoring, and utilizing cover crops in fall/winter grazing systems. Information provided will be of benefit to anyone involved in the competitive industry of beef production.
Hay put up too wet can lead to a number of issues, most notably mold and heat. Moisture keep otherwise dormant microbes and fungi active, decreasing forage quality and creating heat. Too much heat can actually create a risk of combustion.
However, even heat that doesn’t get to the level of combustion can start to cause issues with our hay. Since hay is not protected from oxygen like most of our anaerobic fermented feed stuffs (silage, haylage, etc.) high temperatures, moisture, and oxygen allow aerobic bacteria to grow, using plant protein and sugars for growth and producing carbon dioxide, water, and heat. Too much of this and temperatures can rise high enough to kick off a process called the Maillard reaction.