UNL BeefWatch March 2017

Benchmarking Your Herd to Improve Profitability

Cost control is the key to profitability of a cow/calf operation.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Benchmarking your herd can be an important tool to look at your cost and revenues compared to other beef producers. Producers can look at where their expenses are high compared to other similar cow/calf producers. Benchmarking can give you better feedback the more similar the operation. Once you Continue reading…

Need Spring Pasture? Try Oats

 Oats should be a minimum of 6 inches tall before grazing.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.If you did not plant winter, annual small grains for spring forage in the fall last year, there are not many opportunities remaining to produce forage for grazing or hay. The last remaining option to consider is spring-planted oats. Oats can be planted in early spring for pasture or hay. There are Continue reading…

When Does Fertilizing Pasture or Hayland Pay?

 The greatest returns with fertilization are when hay values are high and fertilizer costs are low.  Photo courtesy of Jerry Volesky.Pasture and hayland grass growth is stimulated by fertilizer just like other crops. While nitrogen (N) is the primary nutrient most commonly needed for grasses, others, such as phosphorous (P), potassium (K), or sulfur (S) may also be deficient and could result in greater growth. Soil testing shou Continue reading…

Whole Farm Revenue Protection

Livestock producers can now insure up to $1 million of revenue from animals and animal products.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Since the 2016 insurance year, Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance has been available in every county in the nation. WFRP covers farm revenue from all commodities produced for the whole farm for the insured year with adjustments made for inventory carryovers. Some significant changes were Continue reading…

Spring Planted Forage Cocktails for Beef Cattle

The quality of forage cocktails makes them suitable forage for stocker or newly weaned calves.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Late March or early April is the time to plant spring forage cocktails for beef cattle grazing. Spring forage cocktails can be planted as a way of shortening fallow time between crop rotations or these forages could be planted as part of a series of annual forage crops to be used through the grazing Continue reading…

Originally published March 1, 2017 - Submit an Item