(December 2014) With a strong demand for pasture and low grain prices, there has been a renewed interest in the use of irrigated pasture. There are a number of different annual and perennial forage species that could be used. Learn more.
(December 2014) Area beef producers should make plans to attend the second annual Three-State Beef Conference on January 13, 14 and 15, 2015 with locations in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. Learn more.
(December 2014) Grass tetany is considered a problem that usually occurs when cattle or sheep are eating lush, spring grass or annual cereal forages such as rye, wheat or triticale; but, it can also occur when cattle are being fed harvested forages. Learn more.
(December 2014) Cow-calf share or cash leases can be used as a way to share the revenue and expenses associated with a cow-calf enterprise when multiple people are involved. To determine what a fair and equitable lease is, it is important both parties accurately determine their level of contribution to the total costs involved in cow-calf production enterprise. Learn more.
In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
• What will it cost you to produce a calf in 2015?
• Reducing Yucca in Rangeland
• Historical Cattle Price Cycle Effects on the Heifer Purchase Choice
• Keep Germs Out Of Your Expanding Cow Herd (Also Known as Biosecurity)
• Challenges Feeding Weather-damaged Hay
• "Bull Buyers Update" December 15 near Thedford
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.
(November 2014) The 2015 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report includes multiple articles providing the latest information on University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef cattle research on cow/calf production, growing, forage management and crop residue utilization, finishing, and beef products. Read the reports.
(November 2014) Cow depreciation is frequently the second largest expense to the cow-calf enterprise after feed. Depreciation is a non-cash expense that is often overlooked by cow-calf producers. Learn more.
(October 2014) Corn residue is a valuable feed resource for beef cattle. The number of acres planted to corn in Nebraska is about 10.3 million acres (6.3 irrigated; 4.0 dryland/rain-fed). It is estimated that less than 25% of the corn acres in Nebraska are grazed. University of Nebraska recommendations for grazing corn residue are based on research showing cattle are selective grazers of a corn residue field. Learn more.
(October 2014) Cattle producers are looking at astonishing prices for their livestock in 2014 which are leading many to be concerned about the tax bill that will inevitably follow. Tina Barrett, Executive Director, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc, provides several options to consider for managing your taxes in a high income world. Learn more.
Irrigated Pasture: four-part webinar series
Dr. Jerry Volesky
Range / Forage Specialist
West Central Research & Extension Center
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
I have a cow herd that I will be feeding some prairie hay later this winter. What nutrients should I test the hay for? (December 19, 2014)
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