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UNL BeefWatch October 2014

Do Cows Need Protein Supplements on Corn Stalks?

Cattle will select the grain and best quality forage first when initially turned into a field.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Berger.Two factors influence whether or not there is benefit to feeding cows a protein supplement when grazing cornstalks. Consider the following when determining whether or not the feeding of a protein supplement is needed.

The first factor is the quality and quantity of forage available. The amount of c Continue reading…

Tax Planning for High Income

Cattle producers are looking at astonishing prices for their livestock in 2014 which are leading many to be concerned about the tax bill that will inevitably follow this period of prosperity. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.MANAGING YOUR TAXES IN A HIGH INCOME WORLD
For the past 5 years I’ve been writing articles for crop farmers on how to manage the unprecedented amount of income flowing through their operations and now it is the turn of the livestock producer to worry about what to do with all the extra income.

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Hay Quality and Supplemental Feeding

Nutrient requirements are not consistent for all classes of livestock.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.To answer the question, “is my hay feeding program meeting the cowherd’s nutritional requirements?”, two key pieces of information are needed. The first piece of information to obtain is the animal nutritional needs. Nutrient requirements are not consistent for all classes of livestock, so some kn Continue reading…

Grazing Alfalfa in the Fall

Many growers find that grazing alfalfa in the fall provides some special flexibility that often is useful this time of year.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Some good pasture still may be available this fall – from your alfalfa fields! But make sure you do it safely with your animals.

Alfalfa can provide considerable, high quality grazing this fall. Grazing avoids the problem of slow curing of hay that often occurs durin Continue reading…

Effects of a Freeze on Forages

Sorghum-related plants, like cane and sudangrass, can be highly toxic for a few days after frost.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. If you haven’t experienced a freeze yet this fall, you soon will. And remember, a freeze can cause hazards for using some forages.

When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can poison livestock. But you can prevent problems.

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EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule

Photo courtesy of Amy Millmier Schmidt.Tell EPA to ‘Ditch the Rule!’ That’s the message being shared by livestock commodity groups nationwide as the October 20th deadline for commenting on the proposed rule quickly approaches. The proposed “Waters of the United States” rule was issued March 25, 2014 by the Environmental Protection Agency Continue reading…

Originally published Wednesday October 1, 2014 - Submit an Item