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UNL BeefWatch February 2015

Getting Ready for the Grazing Season

Planning for the upcoming grazing season is important and should include factors such as estimated stocking rates, time of grazing for specific pastures, as well as contingency plans in the event of dry conditions.  Photo courtesy of Jerry Volesky.The start of the growing season may be a couple of months away, but it is not too early to start thinking about grazing and forage plans for the upcoming year. Grazing plans should include projected cattle numbers (or stocking rates), turn out dates, and a pasture use sequence for multiple pasture Continue reading…

Sorting Out the Bull

Selecting your herd sires is an important event.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Berger.The winter and spring bull sale season is well underway. For many cow-calf producers this is when catalogs are studied and sales are attended, with the focus being on the purchase of their next herd sires. The purchase of a bull is a significant investment and represents the genetic future of the c Continue reading…

Grain Sorghum Residue for Beef Cattle

Grain sorghum residue provides similar quality to corn residue and can be more accessible in winters with deep snow cover.  Photo courtesy of Duane Vorderstrasse, Hebron, NE, Director, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board.Grain sorghum has long since been a major grain crop for the Texas Panhandle and parts of Kansas. It is a crop that can withstand substantial water shortage and produce acceptable yields as long as the growing season is favorable for its maturity. In recent years it has begun to gain popularity agai Continue reading…

Preparing for Calving

Having a plan and preparing ahead of time for the calving season can help to minimize calf loss, increasing the percent calf crop at weaning.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Berger.For some the “spring” calving season is upon them, although the calendar still says it is winter. For others, the start of the spring calving season is still several months away. The value of calves under current market conditions is amazing with baby calves bringing close to the same amount of do Continue reading…

VITAMIN A: An Important Winter Nutrient

Cattle are grazing green grass get plenty of vitamin A.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Vitamin A is an important nutrient for beef cattle. While grazing green grass, cattle get plenty of vitamin A but during the winter vitamin A may be deficient and should be supplemented. Including vitamin A in a mineral mix is a common and effective method of ensuring cattle get the vitamin A they n Continue reading…

Plan For Drought When Preparing Pasture Lease

Drought can play havoc on pasture leases.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Do you rent pasture? What happens if drought lowers pasture production below expectations? Specifically, what does your pasture lease say about drought?

Drought can play havoc on pasture leases. All too often, pasture leases fail to include an appropriate plan to ad Continue reading…

Originally published Sunday February 1, 2015 - Submit an Item