Developed by: Amy Millmier Schmidt, UNL Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer, in cooperation with the Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality
(June 2015) The primary objective of the management practice of creep feeding is to put additional weight on the calves economically before weaning without making the calves fleshy. Fleshy calves are usually discounted in market price. To creep or not to creep is an economic decision to increase profit potential for the cow/calf enterprise. Learn more.
In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
• Plan When To Cut Grass Hay
• A Quick Shot for Thought: Take Aim at Controlling Breeding Costs
• Matching Protein Needs and Protein Content
• Feeder Cattle Heat Stress, Are You Ready for Summer?
• Raise Cutting Height When First Harvest Is Delayed
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.
(May 2015) As the spring breeding season is underway in many parts of the country, producers are evaluating costs associated with natural service and artificial insemination (AI). The "Breeding Cost Cow-Q-Lator" spreadsheet, developed by the University of Nebraska Extension, can be used to calculate breeding costs. Learn more.
(May 2015) In Nebraska there are three fly species that economically impact pastured cattle; horn fly, face fly, and stable fly. This article and a companion video highlight management options for control of these species. Learn more.
(May 2015) A cow must conceive approximately 85 days after calving to maintain a yearly calving interval. Research has shown the use of a progesterone controlled internal drug releasing device (CIDR) for 7 days can shorten the time it takes for cows to come into heat after calving. Learn more.
(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.
(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.
Part 7: Understanding Environmental Regulations
Dr. Amy Millmier Schmidt
Assistant Professor and Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer
Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Animal Science
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
How is calving distribution calculated and how important is it? (June 18, 2015)
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