BeefWatch Webinar Series

The BeefWatch Webinar series is designed to highlight management strategies in grazing, nutrition, reproduction, and economics to increase cow/calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered.

Each webinar is free and will begin at 8:00 PM Central Time.

Upcoming Webinars

Drought Management

Mar. 2: Preparing to Make Decisions During a Drought

Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jay will discuss decision making and the importance of early planning. He will outline a process for being better prepared to make decisions in stressful situations, creating better alternatives, and avoiding common pitfalls. Register here.

Drought Management

Mar. 9: The Forecast is Hot and Dry - What are My Options?

Aaron Berger, Beef Educator, Nebraska Extension

Management options such as feeding, shipping and selling will be discussed along with their potential repercussions. Register here.

Drought Management

Mar. 16: Pre-During-Post Drought Management of Rangelands

Dr. Mitchell Stephenson, Panhandle Research and Extension Center

How do we prepare for a drought and manage our rangelands during and after? Mitch will walk us through trigger dates and how we can make decisions to manage our rangelands including how to use tools such as grass cast. Register here.

Drought Management

Mar. 23: Alternative Forage Options During a Drought

Dr. Jerry Volesky, West Central Research and Extension Center

What are some alternative forage sources during a drought? This presentation will review different annual forages and how they might be used to increase grazing capacity or provide extra hay. Grazing management of these forages will also be discussed. Register here.

Drought Management

Mar. 30: Stretching Forage to Meet Cow Requirements During a Drought

Dr. Travis Mulliniks, West Central Research and Extension Center

What do you need to consider when managing cows during a drought? Travis will discuss the importance of proper nutrition for the cow during a drought and how we can meet nutritional needs depending on forage availability. Register here.

Previous Webinars 2021

Stocker and Yearling Management

Feb. 23: How to use Stockers as a Drought Management Tool

Logan Pribbeno, Wine Glass Ranch

This talk will focus on a producer's perspective. Logan will talk about how stockers can fit into a system with cow-calf and how you can use stockers as a drought management tool. View the recording.

Stocker and Yearling Management

Feb. 16: Using Corn Residue for High-Risk Stockers: Current Experiences

Dr. Halden Clark, Great Plains Veterinary Education Center

Halden will discuss experiences with a 2-year pilot project grazing corn residue with high-risk stocker calves. View the recording.

Stocker and Yearling Management

Feb. 9: Winter Rate of Gain and Market Timing in Yearling Systems

Drs. Mary Drewnoski and Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What winter rate of gain should you target and when is the best time to sell yearlings? Mary and Jay will discuss the economics of winter rate of gain and timing of marketing based on a look at the last 18 years of market data. View the recording.

Stocker and Yearling Management

Feb. 2: Highlights from UNL Stocker Systems Research

Dr. Jim MacDonald, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

When, what, and how much should you supplement stockers? Jim will discuss some of the UNL research related to management systems and supplementation of stockers/yearlings. View the recording.
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Preparing and Managing for the Calving Season

Jan. 26: Cow Nutrition Needs at Calving and in Early Lactation

Troy Walz, West Central Research and Extension Center

Are your cows ready to meet the demands of calving and early lactation? Troy will discuss the importance of proper nutrition for the cow during late gestation and early lactation and also its importance to calf health and performance. View the recording.

Preparing and Managing for the Calving Season

January 19: Calving Complications and When to Call the Vet

Dr. Becky Funk, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

How long should you wait before you need to involve the vet? Becky will discuss how to manage calving difficulties and when you should consider calling the vet to help with complications. View the recording.

Preparing and Managing for the Calving Season

January 12: Calving Tool Box and Record Keeping

Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead & Dr. Erin Jobman, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

Don’t be caught unprepared! Lindsay will discuss her favorite tools to have ready for calving season and tricks to help make it a smooth season. Erin will discuss how to derive valuable knowledge from your calving records. View the recording.

Preparing and Managing for the Calving Season

January 5: Preventing Calf Scours

Dr. Halden Clark, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

Is there a way to reduce the likelihood of calf scours without adding additional vaccines or other cash expenses to your current program? Could it be as simple as a few carefully planned pen or pasture moves? View the recording.


Previous Webinars 2020

December 15: Bull Selection

Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

How do you decide on your next bull? Matt will help you understand EPDs to use when evaluating different bulls and prepare you for the bull sale season. View the recording.

December 8: Pricing Replacement Heifers

Randy Saner, West Central Research and Extension Center

Do you know what a respectable value is to pay for beef replacement heifers? Randy will help walk you through the decision making process for determining if you grow or purchase females, the associated costs, and understanding your operation goals to make the best decisions for heifer development. View the recording.

December 1: Bull Management During Winter

Dr. Kacie McCarthy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Does winter management of our breeding bulls matter? Kacie will discuss nutritional management of bulls in the winter and those subsequent impacts on fertility and preparing for the next breeding season. View the recording.

November 17: Body Condition Scoring

Dr. Travis Mulliniks, West Central Research and Extension Center

How do I and why should I body condition score my herd at weaning? Travis will cover how to evaluate and utilize body condition score after weaning and into the calving season. View the recording.

November 10: Grazing Corn Residue

Dr. Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

How long can I graze and when do I need to provide supplement? Mary will help you understand the fundamentals of corn residue grazing and how to monitor corn residue when grazing to make management decisions. View the recording.

November 3: Drylotting Cows - How to feed them?

Dr. Karla Wilke, Panhandle Research Extension Center

Do you know how to manage cows in the drylot in order to meet requirements through limit feeding? Karla will cover limit-feeding dry matter while meeting nutrient requirements. She will describe how to limit feed dry pregnant cows as well as how to estimate feed for lactation and the nursing calf. View the recording.

October 20: Heifer Selection and Development

Dr. Travis Mulliniks, West Central Research and Extension Center

Nutritional management of heifers prior to the breeding season. Travis will cover nutritional strategies and potential pitfalls in heifer nutritional management and how to decide which strategy is best for your operation. View the recording.

October 13: Nutritional Management of Growing Calves

Dr. Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Understanding protein needs: when it comes to growing cattle not all protein sources are created equal. Mary will help you understand why and how to use this information to make the right choice to meet your calves needs. View the recording.

October 6: Range Condition Monitoring

Dr. Mitchell Stephenson, Panhandle Research Extension Center

Do you know how your management is affecting your grass productivity? Mitch will discuss rangeland monitoring data collection, variability in plant communities, and the influence of grazing management on vegetation characteristics. View the recording.

Contact:

Dr. Kacie McCarthy, Beef Cow-Calf Specialist, 402-472-6074, kacie.mccarthy@unl.edu

Dr. Mary Drewnoski, Beef Systems Specialist, 402-472-6289, mary.drewnoski@unl.edu