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UNL BeefWatch July 2015

eBEEF.org: A Website Dedicated to Beef Cattle Genetics

Developers of the new eBEEF website.  eBEEF is the beef genetics/genomics community of practice with eXtension.A new website dedicated to beef cattle genetics has been launched at the 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Conference. eBEEF.org (http://ebeef.org/ ) is part of the national eXtension program with the goal of being a one-stop site for beef cattle genetics and genomics information. Beef cattle special Continue reading…

Handling Rained On Hay

Rained on hay causes many problems.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Rained on hay. Sometimes it’s down so long that it’s virtually worthless. Trouble is, what do you do with it?

Rained on hay causes many problems. Obviously, feed value of the hay is lowered. And many times, in our rush to put this hay up, it gets baled or stacked t Continue reading…

Water Requirements for Beef Cattle

Water needs are influenced by environmental temperature, class of livestock, and weight.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Many times the importance of water to beef cattle is overlooked. Diets are balanced for carbohydrate (energy), protein, vitamins, and minerals so cattle can achieve a desired level of performance, but cattle have a requirement for water too, and animal performance can be affected by water intake. In Continue reading…

Summer Pneumonia in Beef Calves

As summer progresses, producers should be on the lookout for summer calf pneumonia.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Generally, mid to late summer is a time when cow calf producers relax a little. Calving is over; cows and calves are on summer pastures and typically it is a relatively uneventful time. But as summer progresses, producers should be on the lookout for summer calf pneumonia. Summer calf pneumonia i Continue reading…

Understanding The Intensive In Intensive Grazing

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘intensive grazing’?  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Management-intensive Grazing and other intensive grazing systems have been promoted for quite a few years but what does the word intensive mean when it is used with grazing?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘intensive grazing’? Many small pastures with lots of fencing? Moving animal Continue reading…

Marketing Plans for Your Livestock Operation

If you are selling a replacement heifer or cow, you need to determine the target age, as well as whether she will be open or pregnant at time of sale.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.As we work into the first days of summer, now would be a good time to revisit your marketing plans. For those of you who don’t yet have a marketing plan, now may be a good opportunity to start putting one together. Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan. These plans can be v Continue reading…

Originally published Wednesday July 1, 2015 - Submit an Item