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Beef Cattle Production

Don't use tanks that have been used to haul fertilizer for hauling drinking water for cattle

(October 2015) Tanks that are used to haul nitrogen-based fertilizer should not be used to transport drinking water for cattle as there is a risk of poisoning. Any nitrogen remaining in the tank can potentially cause nitrate or non-protein nitrogen (urea) toxicosis in ruminants (depending on form of fertilizer). Learn more.

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - October Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • What To Do With October Alfalfa
 • Manure Spreader Calibration Improves Nutrient Use Efficiency
 • Veterinary Feed Directive Questions and Answers (Part 1 of 3)
 • Effects of a Freeze on Forages
 • Annual Forage Insurance Plan Available
 • Nebraska BQA: Feedyard Assessment Resources
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

Low Cost Option for Growing Calves: Corn Residue Grazing with Distiller Supplementation

(September 2015) Grazing calves on corn residue and providing supplemental distillers grains is a cost effective way to add value to weaned calves. The two most important considerations to successfully and economically increase calf value are stocking rate and supplementation level. Learn more.

Range Beef Cow Symposium in Colorado, Nov 16-19

(September 2015) The 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium will take place Nov. 17-19 at The Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. The biennial symposium, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service and Animal Science Departments of Colorado State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming, offers an exclusive program of practical production management information specific to the region’s cattle producers. Learn more.

Updated Risk Management Tools for Forage Production

(September 2015) The September edition of RightRisk News provides a brief overview of the latest updates to four risk management tools for livestock/forage producers provided by USDA. These tools include the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage insurance (PRF); the Rainfall Index – Annual Forage Insurance Plan; the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP); and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). RightRisk News article (PDF 1.84MB)

Pricing Protein Supplement to Complement Abundant Forage

(August 2015) With the moisture in Nebraska this year, it looks like there will also be an abundance of forage for this fall and winter. Now is a good time to evaluate and price compare supplements to complement this forage. Learn more.

Creep Feeding Beef Calves

(June 2015) The primary objective of the management practice of creep feeding is to put additional weight on the calves economically before weaning without making the calves fleshy. Fleshy calves are usually discounted in market price. To creep or not to creep is an economic decision to increase profit potential for the cow/calf enterprise. Learn more.

The Breeding Cost "Cow-Q-Lator" for Heifers and Cows

(May 2015) As the spring breeding season is underway in many parts of the country, producers are evaluating costs associated with natural service and artificial insemination (AI). The "Breeding Cost Cow-Q-Lator" spreadsheet, developed by the University of Nebraska Extension, can be used to calculate breeding costs. Learn more.

Fly Control for Cattle on Rangeland and Pasture

(May 2015) In Nebraska there are three fly species that economically impact pastured cattle; horn fly, face fly, and stable fly. This article and a companion video highlight management options for control of these species. Learn more.

Recent Beef Webinar

Dry Lotting and Confinement Cows Series
Part 7: Understanding Environmental Regulations

April 2015

Dr. Amy Millmier Schmidt
Assistant Professor and Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer
Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Animal Science
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Recent Producer Question

I have some sorghum sudan hay and oat hay that I tested for nitrates. It tested on the high side of what is acceptable for level of nitrates to be fed to pregnant cows. Do you have any suggestions for feeding high nitrate forage? Can I still feed this to my cows? (October 6, 2015)



Additional University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Resources


Additional Beef Cattle Resources