(March 2014) Third party audits are not new to cattlemen but this topic has regained interest because consumers want to know how and where their beef is raised. In a presentation titled "Audits and Assessments" made at the 2014 Feedlot Roundtable, UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich identifies what information is being requested and how this will help to improve product integrity and consumer confidence. Learn more.
FDA Eliminates Antibiotic Use for Growth Promotion and Efficiency: What does this mean for producers?
(March 2014) The FDA's December 2013 feed antibiotic control announcement to cattle producers is the final step in a series of events that started almost 20 years ago. The FDA received input from the Center for Disease Control on concerns about antibiotic resistance in animal agriculture and the potential relationship with resistance to antibiotics for human treatment. In a webinar titled "Understanding What the FDA's Feed Antibiotic Control Announcement Means to Cattle Producers" presented at the 2014 Feedlot Roundtable, Dr. Dee Griffin walks through the changes that will be implemented and the challenges and opportunities cattlemen will have with these new regulations. Learn more.
(March 2014) Is it possible to balance a ranch's protein and energy requirements for the cow herd with forages alone? The answer is yes! Annual cool and warm season forages as well as perennial cool season grasses when harvested at the right growth stage can produce dry roughages that contain greater than 10% crude protein and produce TDN values of over 60%. Forages that contain such levels of crude protein and TDN will meet a cow's nutrient requirements for protein and energy without supplementation. Dennis Bauer, UNL Extension Educator recently recorded a webinar titled "Balancing the Ranch for Protein and Energy with Forages" that highlights how to harvest high quality forages and meet cow nutrient requirements. Learn more.
In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
• Meat labeling terms – What do they mean?
• Antibiotic resistance: Should I be concerned?
• Balancing the Ranch for Protein & Energy with Forages
• Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day to be held July 29, 2014
• How Can YOU Educate Consumers About Agriculture?
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.
(February 2014) Having calves born early in the calving season has multiple benefits to long term profitability of the cow-calf enterprise. In a recent webinar title "Increasing Production Efficiency through Reproductive Management" Dr. Funston discusses the importance of having a high percentage of beef calves born early in "your" calving season, whenever that is. This event coupled with overall reproductive rate is a major economic driver in cow/calf operations and has a profound impact on the profitability of any beef cattle operation. Dr. Funston shares how calving distribution can impact output from any ranch operation and factors that influence when cows and heifers conceive during the breeding season. Learn more.
(February 2014) UNL beef researchers studied the effect of colder than normal temperatures on calf birth weights in a six-year study in the 1990's and found a impact on the birth weights. With this winter's colder than normal temperatures what should you be watching for? Learn more.
(February 2014) It is crucial that newborn calves get off to a good start and one of the most important things that needs to happen at birth is the adequate consumption of high-quality colostrum by the newborn calf. There are situations that could impact the quality and quantity of colostrum available to newborn calves. In these situations, colostrum replacement products may need to be considered. Learn more.
(February 2014) The proceedings papers from the 2013 XXIII Range Beef Cow Symposium held in Rapid City, SD are now available online. A wide variety of topics are covered including market outlook, nutrition and management, reproduction, range management, end products for the consumer, and more. Learn more.
(February 2014) Pinkeye is a highly contagious infectious disease that affects cattle worldwide. Although pinkeye rarely causes the death of affected cattle; it can cause substantial losses to the cattle industry through decreased weight gain, lowered milk production and treatment costs. Learn more.
(January 2014) Science, or rather advancements in science, allow for new or revised tools to aid in selection and management of beef cattle. Cow sense is the ability to use science to improve the profitability of the respective beef centric enterprise. If we focus on genetic tools and strategies, there are a few main ones that come to mind: Crossbreeding, EPDs, selection indexes, and DNA technology. Learn more.
Additional University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Resources
- Beef Basics Home Study
- Nebraska Ranch Practicum
- Animal Science Department Undergraduate Program
- Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars
- Feedlot Management Internship
- Animal Science Department Graduate Program
- Livestock Manure Management
- University of Nebraska Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC)
- UNL Extension Publications
- Market Journal
Additional Beef Cattle Resources
- Beef Cattle Reproduction
Content developed by the National Beef Reproduction Task Force. Content focuses on estrous synchronization and artificial insemination.
- Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium
Beef cattle leaders focused on genetic evaluation of beef cattle. Their mission is to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the beef industry.
- Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
National research project to address feed efficiency in beef cattle.
- Bovine Respiratory Complex
This group of researchers has a goal to reduce the prevalence of bovine respiratory disease complex in beef and dairy cattle.
- Beef Cattle eXtension website
A national website whose target audiences are producers, extension educators, and clientele with beef cattle interest.