Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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Retreat to focus on farmer’s market vendors and direct-to-consumer sales An Annie’s Project workshop to be offered in Scottsbluff will focus on farmer’s market vendors and direct-to-consumer sales. The workshop is scheduled for Dec. 8 and 9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, and registrations are due Dec. 4. For more information and to register, call Jessica Groskopf at 308-632-1247, jjohnson@unl.edu or visit the Panhandle Research & Extension Center article.

      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” programs at six locations in December, with Dr. Robert Mortimer, a nationally known veterinarian from Colorado State University.

      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 calving management and produced a video with Elanco and Beef Today on “How to Save More Calves at Calving.”

      When commodity prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time.

      Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find, in two upcoming workshops in Scottsbluff. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

      This workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend the workshop is $20 per participant. Dates and locations:

A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver.

Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2018 to begin feeding the calf to market finish.  Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2019 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.

Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record-keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation. 

The basics of QuickBooks financial software for farmers and ranchers will be taught in a series of workshops in late October and November in Kimball, Chadron, Mullen, Valentine and Scottsbluff.

Jerry Terwilliger of the Center for Rural Affairs teaches the basics of desktop QuickBooks, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

Cost is $55 per participant, and the classes are limited to five participants per location.

These workshop are being offered by Nebraska Extension in collaboration with the Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and the SBA Women’s Business Center.

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education.


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