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UNL BeefWatch October 2015

What To Do With October Alfalfa

Fall alfalfa often produces the best quality forage of the year. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.What should you do with fall alfalfa? Leave it? Cut it? Graze it? Each of these options can be correct under appropriate conditions. Making the best decision requires balancing the associated rewards and risks with each option.

Rewards: Fall alfalfa often produces the best quality fo Continue reading…

Is There Fecal Matter In Your Hamburger?

About 50% of the red meat we eat is in the form of hamburger. Photo courtesy of NU/IANR.Media headlines recently indicated there is fecal material in hamburger meant for human consumption. That is a scary thought… Thankfully, it is untrue. This article will explain why these headlines are full of half-truths, and steps you can take to ensure you are practicing safe hamburger cooking.

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Effects of a Freeze on Forages

Frost causes important changes in forages so manage them carefully for safe feed.  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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Annual Forage Insurance Plan Available

The Annual Forage Insurance Plan is available for two different seven month growing seasons.  Photo courtesy of Jay Parsons.The Rainfall Index – Annual Forage Insurance Plan is a new pilot insurance program from the USDA – Risk Management Agency (RMA). It was first offered in 2014 for the states of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and has expanded to Colorado for 2016. The Annual Forage I Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Feedyard Assessment Resources

You can use the assessment to set benchmarks and goals for the operation and your employees strive to maintain or reach.  Phot courtesy of Troy Walz.By participating in the Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance (NBQA) program and completing a BQA Feed Yard Assessment, you are positioning your business to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead to ensure a safe, wholesome and quality beef and beef products for consumers. You are taking posit Continue reading…

Panhandle Cattlemen’s Day

The Panhandle Cattlemen's Day will be held October 26 at the Gordon City Auditorium.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Nebraska Extension, with help from Zoetis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merial and Merck, will be hosting a Panhandle Cattlemen’s Day Tuesday, October 26, 2015 at the Gordon City Auditorium (311 N. Oak St.) in Gordon, NE. This event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. (MT) and will host Drs. Kelly Continue reading…

Originally published Thursday October 1, 2015 - Submit an Item