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In a news release on November 24th, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has confirmed a diagnosis of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in cattle on two farms in Wheeler County in Nebraska. Livestock on both farms have been placed under quarantine.

Cow-Calf Share or Cash Cow Leases - What is fair?

(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.

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - December Issue

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.

2015 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report

(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.

Cow Depreciation – A Hidden Significant Non-Cash Expense for Cow-Calf Producers

(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.

Grazing Corn Residue with Beef Cattle

(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.

Tax Planning for High Income

(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.

Using Distillers Grains on the Ranch

(October 2014) In recent months distillers grain price has declined while beef cattle prices have reached historic highs. In many situations distillers grains may be a good option to increase weight of calves and yearlings or for use as a winter protein supplement for cows. Learn more.

Selecting and Developing Replacement Heifers

(September 2014) Fall is the time of year when many cow-calf producers make their replacement heifer selections and begin planning for the development of those heifers into bred females. This article provides tips for selecting and developing replacement heifers. Learn more.

Recent Beef Webinar

Cow Depreciation
November 7, 2014
Aaron Berger
UNL Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Recent Producer Question

I am thinking of pregnancy checking my spring-calving cows early this fall and then exposing any non-pregnant cows to bulls and selling the pregnant cows as fall calving cows. Any thoughts? (Oct 1, 2014)


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