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Evaluate Your Options When Thinking about Marketing this Year's Calf Crop

(July 2014) With prices at never seen (nor dreamed of) before levels and excellent spring and early summer moisture resulting in great grass production, many cow-calf producers are asking "Should I keep my calves, sell them or use something to protect these prices?". There are several tools and things to consider when evaluating your options. Learn more.

Forage Options Following Irrigated Wheat

(July 2014) The good spring and early summer moisture we have received in the Nebraska panhandle along with continued strong forage prices is encouraging producers to consider what annual forages could be planted into irrigated wheat stubble. Learn more.

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - July Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • GrassSnap – A Mobile App for Monitoring Grasslands
 • Changing Landscape of Beef Industry
 • Sweet Clover Abundance
 • Young Calves, Summer Heat, and Water Consumption
 • High quality feed at a good price: Oats and Turnips for fall grazing
 • Drought Assistance for 2012 and Beyond
 • Handling Rained on Hay
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

Nebraska BQA: Handling Cattle through High Heat Humidity Indexes

(June 2014) As cattlemen enter the summer months, they need to understand and deal with heat and humidity. We need to consider some guidelines to help us reduce additional stress on cattle during these events and incorporate some of the following practices into our management practices. Learn more.

Consider Storing Distillers Grains for Fall and Winter Use

(June 2014) There has been a major price reduction recently for wet, modified and dried distillers grains.  This price move may encourage producers to consider purchasing and storage of these products for use either as a protein or energy source during the upcoming fall and winter. Learn more.

Monitoring pasture condition? UNL Extension has an app for that!

(June 2014) Ranchers are accustomed to checking cattle, wells, and mineral supplements to keep tabs on their operation. But what about the grass? Monitoring the condition of pastures is just as important, say UNL Extension experts. And now there's an app for that. Learn more.

Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day will be held in Lexington on July 29th

(June 2014) Livestock and crop producers, custom applicators, consultants and others interested in learning more about the efficient utilization of manure are encouraged to attend this free event. The 2014 Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day will be held at the Dawson County Fairgrounds on July 29th from 8:30am to 5pm. Learn more.

Livestock Forage Disaster Program Will Pay Producers for Drought Grazing Loss in 2012 and 2013

(May 2014) On April 15, 2014, the sign-up for Livestock Disaster Assistance began under the 2014 Farm Bill. The re-authorized disaster assistance programs will retroactively cover losses from 2012 and 2013. The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will assist producers with grazing losses to drought occurring during the normal grazing period since Oct. 1, 2011. Learn more.

Recent Beef Webinar

Forages Following Irrigated Wheat
July 3, 2014
Aaron Berger
UNL Extension Educator
UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Recent Producer Question

When should I cut prairie hay? (June 25, 2014)


Additional Beef Cattle Resources