UNL BeefWatch May 2018

Should You Creep Feed Your Calves This Summer?

Creep feeding must be carefully appraised in view of economics of cost of gain, potential market, and the influence on sale price of the calves.  Photo courtesy of Troy WalzThings to consider when creep feeding are:
• Cost of the creep feed
• Efficiency of utilization of the creep feed
• Difference in price due to increased weight of the calves
• Pasture conditions

A three year study was conducted at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Ag Lab starting with 120 crossbred (5/8 Red Continue reading…

Implanting the Suckling Calf

As branding season approaches, consider using calfhood implants as a management strategy to maximize returns. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.ranch to the feedlot. Implants cause a delay in fat deposition and an increase in lean tissue accretion while ultimately changing frame size. These growth promotants have been reported to increase gains of suckling calves by four to six percent (Griffin and Mader, 1997). This can result in an additi Continue reading…

Livestock Losses due to Blizzard- Help is Available

Producers should keep records to document livestock losses.  Photo courtes of Troy Walz.Wintery weather and blizzard conditions swept much of Nebraska recently. Help may be available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) for producers who lost livestock due to the inclement weather conditions.

Stated State Executive Director of Nebraska FSA, Nancy Continue reading…

How Good Accounting Practices Aid Decision Making

Allocating costs is a tool used to assist in financial and managerial decision making within your operation. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.COST ALLOCATION
It was 2011. I was hired as an accountant to review a farm operation and its various operations: corn, soybeans, dairy, beef, hogs, and chickens. Corn and soybean prices were setting record highs every day it seemed. The livestock markets also were doing well. For the given economic Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Handling Animal Health Products

When preparing to handle vaccines and use them, keep a cooler with ice packs to ensure the temperature while processing cattle.  Photo courtesy of Rob Eirich.As the beef cattle industry focuses on stewardship in animal health and antimicrobial use, we are continually reminded to follow FDA Labels on all animal products. We understand the importance of strong vaccination programs, proper diagnosis and treatment, and the good stockmanship when handling li Continue reading…

Silage for Beef Cattle Conference is June 14

The silage for beef cattle conference will be held June 14 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead. Nebraska Extension is partnering with Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to offer a one-day conference focused on one of the largest components of many beef producers’ bottom lines: silage.

The silage for beef cattle conference will be held June 14 at the E Continue reading…

Wait! Wait! Is Your Pasture Ready to Graze?

To prevent damaging forage production, grass needs a head start to grow leaves and replace the resources used to grow leaves before grazing.  Photo courtesy of Bethany Johnston.The last year has been difficult to manage for pasture health and production. First, some rangelands are recovering from poor precipitation received during last year’s growing season. Now, cool weather this spring lowered the average soil temperature. While cool-season grasses break winter dormanc Continue reading…

How Are They Shedding?

Research has shown that calves from cows that shed their winter hair coat earlier tend to weigh more at weaning.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.As we move through spring and into summer, many cattle are shedding off their winter coats and exhibiting a slick or summer hair coat. The earlier cattle in environments that have hot and humid summer conditions shed their winter hair coat, the less heat stress they tend to experience. Dr. Jared Continue reading…

Originally published May 1, 2018 - Submit an Item