UNL BeefWatch September 2013

Ergot Poisoning in Cattle

Grass in pasture or hay should be examined to determine if the fungus is present. There have been recent reports across the mid-west of cattle suffering from ergot poisoning. Several reports have been in Nebraska as well. Ergot is a fungus that grows on the seed head of cereal grains and grasses. Historically rye was commonly affected by the ergot fungus but wheat, rye, barley, Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship

Beef producers are committed producing a high quality, safe and wholesome beef product.  Photo courtesy of Lindsay Chichester.Beef producers are committed to producing a high quality, safe and wholesome beef product. A commitment to herd health and veterinary input is critical to achieving this goal. To this end, developing a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) is important and will benefit all aspects of catt Continue reading…

Forage and Grazing Tips

Rye is your best choice for the earliest pasture possible.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.RYE, TRITICALE, OR WHEAT – WHICH IS BEST?
Are you planting or at least thinking about planting wheat, rye, or triticale for early spring forage? Which one will you choose?

Which small grain – wheat, rye, or triticale – should you plant for spring forage? Let’s look a Continue reading…

Bale Feeder Choice Can Reduce Waste and Save Money

Winter feed represents the largest single cost on a cow-calf operation. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Winter feeding time is a ways off but now might be the time to think about how you can reduce hay feeding losses and input costs. Management of input costs is a key business concern and can mean the difference between operational profit or loss. Winter feed represents the largest single cost on a Continue reading…

Originally published September 1, 2013 - Submit an Item