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UNL BeefWatch Newsletter - March Issue

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on these timely topics and more.
 • Estrus Synchronization Protocols
 • Plan for Drought When Preparing Pasture Lease
 • Capturing Value in Cropping Systems Using Cattle
 • Using Early Season Forage Growth – Is There Enough for Growing, Calving Heifers?
For more information on these and other topics or to view archived newsletters, visit UNL BeefWatch.

Ranching for Profitability Webinars now Available for Viewing

Adding a Sheep Enterprise to a Cow-Calf Operation – A Producer's Perspective

(February 2018) In this month's BeefWatch Producer Perspective Podcast, Brock Terrell from Hay Springs shares how his family added a sheep enterprise to their operation. Learn more.

Health and Management of the Nursing Calf – New NebGuide Released

photo of cow calf pair
Photo courtesy of Groves Ranch, Ashby, Nebraska.

Drs. Karla Jenkins (Ph.D.) and Brian Vander Ley (DVM) recently released a new NebGuide titled "Health and Management of the Nursing Calf."  This NebGuide highlights management practices prior to and after calving that can help ensure calf health.  Nutrition management of the cow prior to calving, importance of colostrum consumption, what constitutes a first "meal",  segregation of calves by age as well as rumen development, and vaccination are reviewed.  A BeefWatch podcast titled "Health and Management of the Nursing Calf" discusses the content of the NebGuide and its application for cow-calf producers.

Recent Producer Question

(December 2017) I have a lot of downed corn ears in my field, I have heard of this rumen inoculant that I can give to avoid acidosis. Is this something I should use? Learn more.

2018 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report

(November 2017) The 2018 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report is now available. Learn more.

Down Corn: Problem or Opportunity for Cattle Producers?

(November 2017) With the delayed harvest and the wind over the last few weeks a lot of corn ears are on the ground in the state. Learn more.

Estimating Bushels of Corn on the Ground by Counting Ears Prior to Grazing with Cattle

(October 2017) Prior to grazing cornstalks with cattle, an estimate should be made of the amount of corn that is present in the field. Learn more.

Frosted Sorghums: To Graze or Not to Graze?

(October 2017) Many parts of Nebraska have recently had at least one night of below freezing temperatures. In some areas, temperatures have warmed back up and the sorghums have begun to regrow. Learn more.

Test Don't Guess

(October 2017) Accurately sampling and testing hay is the only way to get a real understanding of the nutritive value of feed. Learn more

Nebraska Extension to Launch Beef Webinar Series Targeting Feedyards

(September 2017) The webinars will be on select Wednesdays for one hour, and will feature discussions from participants to determine educational needs on new topics, presentations by experts and updates on current activities. Learn more

Profit Tip: Grazing Corn Stalks - Management Strategies

(September 2017) Corn residue is a tremendous forage resource in Nebraska and is one of the state's competitive advantages for beef cattle production. Learn more.


Additional University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Resources


Additional Beef Cattle Resources