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)
(August 2016) The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has recently developed an online course that is designed to teach feedlot pen riders and processors safe horse handling and care of horses. Learn more.
In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
• 2016 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Statewide Survey Summary: Livestock and Forage Operations
• Understanding the Difference between Corn and Corn Distillers Grains as Energy Supplements for Pasture Cattle
• Economics of Rebreeding Non-pregnant Females
• Nebraska BQA: Cattle Producers and the Veterinary Feed Directive
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.
(July 2016) An abundance of new information on an age-old feed led extension specialists from Iowa State University and University of Nebraska–Lincoln to offer the Silage for Beef Cattle Conference on June 17, 2016. Information valuable to cattle producers, nutrition consultants and extension personnel was presented. All sessions were recorded and the videos are now available online. Learn more.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Understanding the Veterinary Feed Directive for Beef Producers
Extension Educator, Director of Beef Quality Assurance
Panhandle Research & Extension Center
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
How much loss will occur if I feed dried distillers grains on the ground as a protein supplement to cows during the fall and winter on range? Dried distillers grains are readily available and I am considering if I should use it. (August 17, 2016)
Additional University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Resources
Additional Beef Cattle Resources