UNL BeefWatch August 2013

Economics of Early Weaning Calves

Early weaning of calves is one tool used by cow-calf producers to maximize profits.Early weaning of calves is one tool used by cow-calf producers to maximize profits. This may be done during a time of drought to conserve range resources or as part of an overall strategy to accomplish a specific business or personal goal. Early weaning means different things to different managers. Continue reading…

Pasture Flies in Nebraska

We have now entered the mid-point of summer and it is time to evaluate our pasture fly control efforts.We have now entered the mid-point of summer and it is time to evaluate our pasture fly control efforts. Some areas of Nebraska have received significant rainfall during the last few weeks which is beneficial for our crops and pastures. But abundant moisture can also promote pasture fly populations w Continue reading…

Forage and Grazing Tips

Can hay from summer annual grasses be dry and high quality?  Photo courtesy of Aaron Berger.SUMMER HEAT AND FORAGE GROWTH
Summer heat hit us hard the past couple weeks. How do these high temperatures affect different types of forage plants?

When it suddenly turns ‘hooey boy’ hot – you know, 90 plus degrees and humidity so thick you can almost see it – cool-s Continue reading…

U.S Livestock Industry Trends and Nebraska’s Role

The livestock industry has been a significant economic and cultural part of Nebraska history.From the earliest days of settlement, the livestock industry has been a significant economic and cultural part of Nebraska history. From its rich prairie grasslands to the early development of Omaha around the meat packing industry, no area has been untouched by the livestock industry.
The industry Continue reading…

Water Requirements for Beef Cattle

Water needs are influenced by environmental temperature, class of livestock, and weight.Many times the importance of water to beef cattle is overlooked. Diets are balanced for carbohydrate (energy), protein, vitamins, and minerals so cattle can achieve a desired level of performance, but cattle have a requirement for water too, and animal performance can be affected by water intake. In Continue reading…

Managing Weeds with Livestock

Cattle grazing phragmites.  Photo courtesy of Steve Young.Invasive plants, noxious weeds, and undesirable vegetation are terms that most landowners and livestock producers are familiar with. These troublesome plants have plagued rangelands and pastures for decades, or in some cases centuries and require continuous attention. Many methods have been develop Continue reading…

Originally published August 1, 2013 - Submit an Item