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Strengthening Nebraska's Agricultural Economy

Strengthening Nebraska's Agricultural Economy GraphicCurrent market conditions are a challenge for many agricultural producers. In response to the economic downturn, Nebraska Extension has developed an initiative focused on strengthening Nebraska’s agricultural economy. Learn more

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - March Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • Benchmarking Your Herd to Improve Profitability
 • Need Spring Pasture? Try Oats
 • Whole Farm Revenue Protection
 • Using the DuPont System to Increase Farm/Ranch Profitability
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

Profit Tip: Unit Cost of Production for a Cow-Calf Enterprise

(March 2017) Unit cost of production (UCOP) is a value based on the relationship between costs and units of product produced. Learn more.

Growing and Grazing Annual Forages

(March 2017) Winter annuals planted the previous fall, like wheat, rye, or triticale, can provide some of the earliest spring grazing. Learn more.

Storing and Utilizing Sugar Beets Rejected for Human Consumption

(March 2017) Some years weather conditions cause sugar beets intended to be processed for human consumption to start to deteriorate. When this happens, the beets are no longer acceptable for human consumption and may become available for beef cattle diets at a fraction of the cost of other energy feed sources. Learn more.

Profit Tip: When Does Fertilizing Pasture or Hayland Pay?

(February 2017) Pasture and hayland grass growth is stimulated by fertilizer just as it is with other crops. Learn more.

Profit Tip: Using Replacement Strategies to Decrease Real Cow Depreciation

(February 2017) Depreciation expense represents the value difference between the current value of the asset and its value at the beginning of the time period being considered. Learn more.

Profit Tip: Important Production Calculations in a Cow/Calf Enterprise

(February 2017) When evaluating a cow-calf enterprise, one of the foundational productivity measures to understand and calculate is the realized reproductive rate. Learn more.

Recent Beef Webinar

Utilizing Deteriorating Sugar Beets

March 2017
Dr. Karla Jenkins
Cow-Calf Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Recent Producer Question

We have the opportunity to rent some cornstalks that has a fair amount ear drop. How do I estimate how much corn is on the ground? We are trying to determine how to graze it with cows. (October 25, 2016)



Additional University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Resources


Additional Beef Cattle Resources