Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House

Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory: 43 Years Serving the Beef Industry

Elanco                   Ranch                Nebraska Extension

Please join us at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory for the 22nd Annual Open House on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (MDT). This year’s Open House, with corporate sponsor ELANCO will be a hybrid format with our traditional in-person event held at GSL along with a live streamed online webinar. The online webinar will only cover the morning sustainability topics.  Activities, demonstrations and commercial exhibits are planned so our guests can come and go as they please throughout the day.

Please RSVP online at: or call Jacque @ 308 696-6700 by August 18 for the complimentary lunch.

Presentations will be held in the Wagonhammer Education Center (WEC) and Ray Bohaty Conference Room - Times are MDT.


  8:00  Registration

  All day  Hybrid format with our traditional in-person event held at GSL along with being live streamed online webinar.

  8:20 - 2:00  Welcome

  8:30  Cattle Markets Update - Dr. Elliot Dennis, UNL Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

  9:00  Sustainability: What does it mean at the ranch level? - Dr. Jason Sawyer, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

10:00  Break - View Exhibits

10:15  Sustainability & Media's Influence - Leah Beyer, Elanco

10:45  Producer panel on direct marketing -  Moderated by Brianna Buseman, UNL Youth Meats Ext. Assistant Professor

11:30  Rusty Kemp (brief update on Sustainable Beef LLC prior to lunch)

11:40  Lunch (furnished by co-sponsors and exhibitors; browse exhibits)

 1:00  Early calf hood immunity - Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Elanco 

          Leveraging immunologic memory for long-term protection in the cowherd - Dr. Brian Vander Ley, Great Plains Veterinary Education Center

2:00  Breakout Session (in-person only) - 30 min each (Attendees have the option to attend 3 of the 4 sessions)

Breakout Sessions

Session 1. Flies and Lice - David Boxler, UNL Livestock Entomology Extension Educator

Session 2. GSL Beef Research Update

  • Travis Mulliniks, UNL Range Cow Production Specialist
  • Kacie McCarthy, UNL Beef Cow-Calf Specialist
  • Yijie Xiong, UNL Precision Livestock Management Specialist

Session 3. GSL Range Research Update

  • Mitch Stephenson, UNL Range and Forage Specialist
  • Jerry Volesky, UNL Range and Forage Specialist

Session 4. Pregnancy checking demonstration

  • Rick Funston, UNL Beef Cattle Reproductive Physiologist

3:30 Adjourn - Thanks for coming!

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