Nebraska Extension in Morrill County

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By Tammie Ostdiek, Extension Educator – Food, Nutrition and Health

Family and friends gather in the kitchen and around the table during the holidays. But nobody wants to miss the fun times with family and friends because of foodborne illness. Follow these food safety guidelines to reduce the risk of contamination.

PLAN AHEAD – Thawing turkey in the refrigerator will require about 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds. A 20-pound bird will defrost in about five to six days. A thawed turkey can safely remain in the refrigerator for one to two days before cooking. Turkey can be submerged in cold tap water for thawing. The water should be changed every 30 minutes and the turkey cooked immediately after it is thawed.

Karla H. Jenkins, Cow/Calf and Stocker Management Specialist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Recently I attended a high school football game just a few blocks from that community’s local cattle auction. As I watched the players warming up, I hardly noticed the bawling noises made by the calves who had been delivered earlier that day in preparation for the big sale the next day.

Bridgeport, Nov. 7: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N Main St. To register call 308-262-1022.

      The program is free and open to the public for those interested in attending. To ensure enough handouts please register with phone number listed above for the desired location. The workshops are sponsored by the North Central Risk Management Education Center and Nebraska Extension.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists conduct agricultural research at many locations in western Nebraska – the Panhandle Research and Extension Center plots; the Panhandle Research Feedlot; the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney; and in fields belonging to cooperating farmers.

One of UNL’s lesser-known research laboratories attained a landmark this year. It was 100 years ago, in 1918, that the federal government gave the university an 800-acre piece of rangeland in southern Sioux County to conduct regionally relevant research.

This fall, many ranchers have a herd of questions:

What are the options are dealing with weeds in range and pasture?  How are current low grain prices and higher hay prices impacting feeding options for this fall and winter?  Are you considering backgrounding calves this winter and wondering how to manage price risk?

A Cow-Calf and Pasture Management workshop will be held, Monday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church near Oshkosh that will address these questions.

Dr. Karla Jenkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cow-Calf Specialist, will discuss “Fall and Winter Supplementation and Feeding with Current Commodity Prices.”

“Increased Production Efficiency” is the theme of the 2018 Nebraska State of Beef Conference, scheduled for Nov. 7-8 at the North Platte Sandhills Convention Center.

Speakers, including experts from university and industry, will focus on market outlook, industry trends, alternative enterprises, animal health, and several different approaches to finding efficiencies in animal production.

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