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New Videos in the Dry Lotting and Confinement Beef Cow Management Series

(April 2015) The majority of the Midwest and western states known for cattle production are currently listed as abnormally dry, if not in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Producers interested in maintaining cows with limited forage supplies can view the latest videos in the Dry Lotting and Confinement Cow Series. Learn more.

Managing for Variation in Forage Production with Trigger Dates and Stocking Rates

(April 2015) Forage production from pasture and native range can vary significantly from year to year based on precipitation, temperatures, available nutrients and plant health. Planning to adjust stocking rates by critical "trigger" dates can help producers take a proactive approach to manage for an expected deficit of forage production when precipitation and available soil moisture are below the long-term average. Learn more.

UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - April Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • Branding / Pre-Breeding … Calf and Cow Management Activities to Consider
 • The Changing Nutrient Needs of the Spring Calving Cow
 • Grazing Winter Small Grains
 • 2015 Nebraska Ranch Practicum Accepting Applications
 • Weed Management on the Range
 • Climate Outlook for Pasture Conditions and Drought Management Steps
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

BeefWatch Podcast

(February 2015) The UNL BeefWatch newsletter now has an audio companion. The BeefWatch Podcast provides the same timely information as the newsletter, just in a downloadable audio form. Learn more.

Evaluating Fertilizing Cool Season Grass Pastures

(February 2015) Spring is right around the corner and many producers with cool season grass pastures, especially in central and eastern Nebraska are evaluating whether or not to fertilize this year. In many parts of Nebraska there is adequate soil moisture in place to provide a good start to the growing season. Learn more.

Fall Calving Cows and Crop Residue – An Opportunity to Add an Enterprise?

(February 2015) The beef industry is a critical part of the agricultural economy for the state of Nebraska. With beef cow numbers at historic lows in the United States, cattle feeders and processors are aggressively competing for a limited supply of cattle. This scenario is encouraging producers to consider how they might grow the cow herd to meet this market demand. Learn more.

Using EPDs and Economic Index Values

(February 2015) Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) have been around for decades and are the best tools available to use in selecting sires with desirable genetic potential as parents. Learn more.

Recent Beef Webinar

Confinement Cows Series, Part 2: Considerations on Facilities for Cows
March 2015
Dr. Alfredo DiConstanzo
Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Recent Producer Question

When should you consider giving a new-born calf colostrum? (March 10, 2015)


Additional Beef Cattle Resources