Developed by: Amy Millmier Schmidt, UNL Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer, in cooperation with the Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality
In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
• Implanting Heifers
• To Estrus Detect or Not Was the Question
• To Implant or Not to Implant?
• Still Time to Fertilize Summer Hay Meadows
• Be Realistic With Irrigated Pastures
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.
(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.
(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.
(April 2016) Beef producers, extension educators, veterinarians, and others in the beef industry are encouraged to attend the 2016 Beef Methane Conference hosted by Nebraska Extension. Attendees will learn the latest on beef cattle enteric methane production, why it is produced, and the impact of its production on the beef industry and what it may mean for beef producers. Learn more.
(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.
(November 2015) Increasingly, people are looking at the above-ground biomass produced by cover crops as a potential source of feed for cattle. A recent Cornhusker Economics article outlines the key questions to ask and answer when negotiating a lease agreement between crop and cattle producers for grazing cover crops. Read the Cornhusker Economics article.
Fly Control on Pastured Cattle
Extension Educator Entomology
West Central Research & Extension Center
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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