Cattle with calves in summer pasture
Beef Cattle Production

Rental Agreements for Cover Crop Grazing

(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.

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - November Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • Don’t Let Nitrates Cost Cattle Lives
 • How Much Can Selective Harvest Improve The Feed Value Of Baled Corn Stover For Cattle?
 • Veterinary Feed Directive Questions and Answers (Part 2 of 3)
 • Cover Crop or Forage Crop…You Decide
 • Nebraska BQA: Remote Medication Delivery
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

Double-cropped cool-season annuals (cover crops) for late fall and early spring forage

(October 2015) There are two types of cool-season annual forages that are commonly used to produce forage (double-cropped forage) between cash crop production. These are the small grain cereal grasses (such as oats, cereal rye, triticale, and wheat) and the brassicas (which include turnip, radish, rape, and collards). Learn more.

What did it cost you to produce a calf this year?

(October 2015) Weaning of spring-born calves has started in many parts of the country and will ramp up as we move further into the fall. For cow-calf producers, right after weaning is a good time to analyze the business and see what it cost to produce a pound of weaned calf in 2015. Learn more.

Calculating Value of Gain

(October 2015) As fall weaning approaches for many cow-calf producers, those that have the facilities and resources for retaining ownership may want to evaluate whether or not they can increase returns by adding weight to their calves. Learn more.

Calf Crop Percentage

(October 2015) Calf Crop Percentage may be the most important production calculation that a cow/calf producer can record. The reason for this statement is that Calf Crop Percentage has both an input and output component. Learn more.

Dry lot Beef Cow/Calf Enterprise

(October 2015) The dynamics in the beef cattle industry remain volatile with wide swings in the price of grains and forages. Pasture prices and rental rates were pushed up in recent years because pastures were converted to row crop and this trend appears to be a major factor in the cattle industry for 2015. What options are there to build the nation's cow herd or add a beef cow/calf enterprise with limited pasture that will no doubt be expensive? Learn more.

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.

Recent Beef Webinar

Understanding and Managing Nitrate Risk in Double Crop Forages (Cover Crops)

November 2015
Mary Drewnoski
Beef Systems Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Recent Producer Question

I am planning on grazing cover crops (double cropped forage) this fall. Should I be concerned about nitrates? (November 4, 2015)



Additional University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Resources


Additional Beef Cattle Resources