UNL BeefWatch September 2016

Know Your Rangeland for Better Beef Production

Beef production in many areas of Nebraska is contingent on rangelands that produce native vegetation.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Beef production in many areas of Nebraska is contingent on rangelands that produce native vegetation. We rely on this vegetation to capture energy from the sun, expend that energy into forage, be grazed, reproduce, and then do it all over again during the next growing season. We often ask a lot of o Continue reading…

Adding Value to Cull Cows

If you have been selling cows in the fall as your normal practice, it may be profitable to feed cull cows by considering this seasonal price pattern.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Typically the sale of cull cows accounts for 15 to 30% of the yearly gross revenues of cow-calf operations in the U.S. Historic cull cow prices over the past 30 years have been the lowest in the months of November, December & January; and at their highest in level in March, April and May. Prices i Continue reading…

The Challenge of Nitrates in Cover Crop Forages

Planting cover crops such as brassicas and small grains during late summer or early fall is becoming a more common and accepted practice.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Cover crops are reportedly good for many purposes. They can reduce erosion, fix nitrogen, add organic matter, breakup hardpans, capture soil nitrates, feed soil microbes, control weeds, and improve water infiltration. They might remove excess moisture, keep soils cool, or reduce evaporation. Hope Continue reading…

Planning That Last Cutting of Alfalfa

How risky is it to harvest alfalfa during winterizing?  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.As we start September, it's time to decide when to take your last cutting of alfalfa.

The date you take your last harvest of alfalfa affects its winter survival and next spring's vigor. Alfalfa needs about six weeks of uninterrupted growth in the fall to become fully winterized. T Continue reading…

Cattlemen’s Bootcamp

This informational, two-day event will cover many relevant and timely topics affecting the cattle industry.The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Animal Science is proud to partner with the American Angus Association to host the Cattlemen’s Bootcamp September 21 and 22, 2016. This informational, two-day event will cover many relevant and timely topics affecting the cattle industry and will prov Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Preconditioning Calves Prior to Weaning

Preconditioning is designed to mitigate stress that occurs during the transitional period between weaning and going on feed or moving into the next production cycle.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Nebraska cow-calf producers are approaching weaning time of their 2016 calf crop, with current market and industry trends, producers should consider the value of preconditioning calves prior to weaning this fall. Dr. Kate Brooks, University of Nebraska Agricultural Economics Department, and Rob Eir Continue reading…

Keep Ranch Books to Help in Tight Times

When cattle prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time. A pair of upcoming workshops by Nebraska Extension will show how to get started.

While it was easy during record high cattle prices to avoid recordkeeping for budgets, marketing, or enterpri Continue reading…

Originally published September 1, 2016 - Submit an Item