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Emergency Holding Pond Management During Wet Weather (PDF 102KB)
Developed by: Amy Millmier Schmidt, UNL Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer, in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Fly Control for Cattle on Rangeland and Pasture

(May 2015) In Nebraska there are three fly species that economically impact pastured cattle; horn fly, face fly, and stable fly. This article and a companion video highlight management options for control of these species. Learn more.

Use Progesterone to Induce Estrous in Late-Calving Beef Cows for AI or Natural Service

(May 2015) A cow must conceive approximately 85 days after calving to maintain a yearly calving interval. Research has shown the use of a progesterone controlled internal drug releasing device (CIDR) for 7 days can shorten the time it takes for cows to come into heat after calving. Learn more.

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - May Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • Windrow Grazing Annual Forages in the Growing Season to Increase Harvest Efficiency and Productivity
 • Estrus Synchronization Considerations in Beef Herds
 • Controlling Musk Thistle
 • Reducing Fly Populations on Pastured Cattle in Nebraska
 • Breeding Soundness Exam: A risk management tool for cow calf producers.
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

New Videos in the Dry Lotting and Confinement Beef Cow Management Series

(April 2015) The majority of the Midwest and western states known for cattle production are currently listed as abnormally dry, if not in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Producers interested in maintaining cows with limited forage supplies can view the latest videos in the Dry Lotting and Confinement Cow Series. Learn more.

Managing for Variation in Forage Production with Trigger Dates and Stocking Rates

(April 2015) Forage production from pasture and native range can vary significantly from year to year based on precipitation, temperatures, available nutrients and plant health. Planning to adjust stocking rates by critical "trigger" dates can help producers take a proactive approach to manage for an expected deficit of forage production when precipitation and available soil moisture are below the long-term average. Learn more.

Evaluating Fertilizing Cool Season Grass Pastures

(February 2015) Spring is right around the corner and many producers with cool season grass pastures, especially in central and eastern Nebraska are evaluating whether or not to fertilize this year. In many parts of Nebraska there is adequate soil moisture in place to provide a good start to the growing season. Learn more.

Fall Calving Cows and Crop Residue – An Opportunity to Add an Enterprise?

(February 2015) The beef industry is a critical part of the agricultural economy for the state of Nebraska. With beef cow numbers at historic lows in the United States, cattle feeders and processors are aggressively competing for a limited supply of cattle. This scenario is encouraging producers to consider how they might grow the cow herd to meet this market demand. Learn more.

Recent Beef Webinar

Dry Lotting and Confinement Cows Series
Part 7: Understanding Environmental Regulations

April 2015

Dr. Amy Millmier Schmidt
Assistant Professor and Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer
Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Animal Science
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Recent Producer Question

How can I get late calving cows to breed earlier so they calve earlier in the calving season next year? (May 1, 2015)


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