Cattle with calves in summer pasture
Beef Cattle Production
Reduce the Risk of Heat Stress in Cattle
Please see the “Feedlot Heat Stress Information And Management Guide” for best management practices covering cattle handling, pen maintenance, sprinkler systems, shading, and water supply. (PDF version 1.8MB)

2016 Beef Methane Conference Videos

(June 2016) Beef producers, extension educators, veterinarians, and others in the beef industry attended the 2016 Beef Methane Conference on May 11-12. Presentations included a discussion separating the facts from fiction for livestock and climate change, producer views on climate issues, beef industry sustainability, the relation between methane production and performance, air quality issues, and other topics. Learn more.

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - June Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • Nebraska BQA: Medication Administration and Remote Delivery
 • July 15 Deadlines Approaching for Annual Forage Insurance
 • Summer Pasture Rental Rates on a Price per Ton Basis Consumed by the Cow-calf Pair
 • Effects of Shade and Feeding Zilpaterol Hydrochloride to Finishing Steers on Performance, Carcass Quality, Heat Stress, Mobility, and Body Temperature
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

Fly Control for Cattle on Pasture in Nebraska

(May 2016) Pasture fly season is underway and now is the time to consider treatment options for this season. In Nebraska there are three fly species that economically impact pastured cattle: the horn fly, face fly, and stable fly. Learn more.

Management of Spring Burned Pastures in the Nebraska Sandhills

(April 2016) Dry, windy weather in the early spring, along with large amounts of residual biomass from the previous year's growing season, creates ideal conditions for wildfires in the Nebraska Sandhills. These are the conditions that likely influenced a recent fire that burned 8,000 acres in Grant and Arthur counties. Learn more.

Emergency Confinement Feeding after a Disaster

(April 2016) Recently, over 8,000 acres of native range burned in the Nebraska Sandhills. These types of disasters often leave producers in a forage shortage for the summer. Confining pairs to keep them off the recovering burned areas may be an option for some producers and does not have to occur in a feedlot. Learn more.

Planted Forages as Options to Recovering Native Range

(April 2016) Recently, a range fire burned over 8,000 acres of native range in the Sandhills. Some producers may have access to pivots or other farming ground. Some of this ground may be planted to perennial forages, and traditionally used for hay; but could be grazed if another source of hay could be located. Learn more.

Planning Annual Forage Systems

(March 2016) With continued strong demand for summer pasture, some producers are looking at cropland alternatives to produce grazing forage. This typically involves planting cool- or warm-season forages and in many cases, double-cropping annuals. An important challenge in these systems is getting an extended, continuous period with available forage to be grazed. This can be achieved through using a combination of warm- and cool-season annuals. Learn more.

Recent Beef Webinar

Fly Control on Pastured Cattle

April 2016
David Boxler
Extension Educator Entomology
West Central Research & Extension Center
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Recent Producer Question

What does one do if one has a perennial problem with scours in calves? (February 17, 2016)



Additional University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Resources


Additional Beef Cattle Resources