(September 2014) Fall is the time of year when many cow-calf producers make their replacement heifer selections and begin planning for the development of those heifers into bred females. This article provides tips for selecting and developing replacement heifers. Learn more.
(September 2014) UNL Extension will be hosting the Husker Beef Nutrition Conference on Friday, October 31 at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building located at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, NE. This program is targeted toward nutrition consultants and Extension Educators. Learn more.
(September 2014) Cow-calf producers are looking at the potential for significant positive cash flow for 2014 due to record high calf prices along with reduced harvested feed costs and income from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. This income may position cow-calf producers with the opportunity to make capital investments back into their operation. Learn more.
In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
• Management Strategies to Reduce Stress at Weaning and Improve Calf Performance
• Pricing and Purchasing Protein Supplements for this Fall and Winter
• Nebraska BQA: Compromised Animals
• Balancing Rations: The Economics of Hay Quality
• Liability of Cattle Involved in Motor Vehicle Collisions
• Cover Crops, Hail, and Nitrates
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.
(August 2014) Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? Learn more.
(August 2014) Pasture leases can be a tricky business or a great opportunity for both the land and livestock owners. Lease agreements should always benefit the rangeland resources. "It is in the best interest of the land and livestock owner to improve and maintain range condition," states Pat Reece, professor emeritus and now a consultant and owner of Prairie and Montane Enterprises. Learn more.
(July 2014) For over 30 years, Pat Reece has worked with land and cattle owners on pasture leases. A range ecologist and professor emeritus for UNL Extension, Pat now consults with rangeland owners and managers. Based on his experience, Reece has some insight on helpful components of leases. Learn more.
(July 2014) Cool-season-dominated pastures and rangelands in the Nebraska Panhandle have produced many pounds of forage this year, thanks to abundant moisture in May and June. While the quantity of grass is very welcome, the quality of this forage going into mid- to late summer has declined significantly and this decline in forage quality could have a detrimental effect on conception rates. Learn more.
(July 2014) With cow numbers at a record low and drought conditions easing in much of the Great Plains, cattle producers are thinking about rebuilding the cowherd. Join industry and university experts at the inaugural State of Beef Conference scheduled for Nov. 4 and 5, 2014, in North Platte. Presenters and small group sessions will address the many issues around rebuilding the cowherd. Learn more.
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