Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties
Take the Guess Work Out of Cow/Calf ManagementAn updated online course is designed to benefit cattlemen currently in the beef business or those just getting started.
See a Tree, ID a TreeA new site developed in the School of Natural Resources can you identify any of the 116 different trees in Nebraska. Search by name, characteristic and even hardiness zone.
Grow Nebraska SummitOn November 8th, IANR is hosting a summit to focus on building partnerships to spur growth in Nebraska. This free event will feature fast-paced presentations and interactive sessions that will challenge participants to think globally and acting locally.
4-H Youth Take on Challenge of Wearable TechOn October 4th, Nebraska joins youth from across the county in the challenge of designing wearable fitness trackers as part of the world's largest youth-led science experiment.
High Soybean Yields Need More NitrogenA new study discovered soybean crops in highly productive fields demand more nitrogen than natural sources alone can supply.
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.