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UNL BeefWatch January 2015

New Profit Centers for Your Cattle Operation

Additional profit centers can be a means to generate extra income.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz, Nebraska Extension.If you are thinking of bringing a family member back to the farm, below are some possible profit centers that could support another family member.

We have the smallest inventory of beef cattle since 1951. The beef cow inventory is the lowest since 1962 at 29 mill Continue reading…

Make Plans to Attend the Three-State Beef Conference

The Three-State Beef The Three-State Beef Conference (formerly the Four-State Beef Conference) is designed to give beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics.  Photo courtesy of Lindsay ChArea beef producers should make plans to attend the second annual Three-State Beef Conference that will be held on January 13, 14 and 15, 2015 with locations in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. Topics and speakers for the conference are as follows: “Evaluating Supplementation Strategies”, Dr. Rick Ra Continue reading…

Ranching for Profitability Series

Eight Ranching for Profitability programs will be held across Nebraska focusing on the changing beef industry.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Last year was one for the recordbooks! Many salebarns broke record cattle prices. Mother Nature, as usual, was unpredictable. Input prices also continued to creep upward- forage was no exception.

As a cattle producer, you may have questions about what to do next in 2015. Eight meetings will be Continue reading…

2015 Nebraska Beef Reports Available to Producers

The purpose of this report is to give cattle producers, consultants, and extension personnel a research based decision making tool. The Nebraska Beef Cattle Report is an annual publication describing the research results of experiments conducted by UNL faculty in the beef industry. All reports include an implications section describing how the results of these experiments apply to beef cattle production. This year’s report conta Continue reading…

Are You Ready for Calving?

Having a plan and being prepared will help make the calving season a success. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.It is already time to start thinking about and planning for calving season. Planning ahead and being prepared can help increase the chances of success. You can begin by asking yourself two simple questions. Are my cows ready for calving? Am I ready for calving?

Ideally, we would like our cows t Continue reading…

Converting Cropland Back to Grass Pastures

Decreased corn prices and increased cattle prices, have stimulated interest in converting cropland back into grass pastures.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz, Nebraska Extension.Decreased corn prices and increased cattle prices have stimulated interest in converting cropland back into grass pastures. There are two NebGuides that provide details for establishing grass pastures. For additional details on establishing grass pastures, please see G1502, “Perennial Forages fo Continue reading…

Originally published Thursday January 1, 2015 - Submit an Item