UNL BeefWatch December 2013

Milk: The Double-edged Sword of the Beef Cowherd

Milk is clearly a good thing in the beef cowherd. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Milk is clearly a good thing in the beef cowherd. Heavier milking cows produce heavier calves.

But at what cost?
High milk cows pay a biological penalty relative to cows with lower milking ability. This penalty occurs in two ways:

1) Additional feed required
• Higher milk cows require more nutrie Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Effective Cattle Handling

Figure 1: Flight zone.Cattlemen know the importance of proper cattle handling and its effect on animal health and performance. Beef Quality Assurance has been implementing effective cattle handling (low-stress) into educational programs since its establishment in the 1980s.

The first thing livestock handlers must under Continue reading…

UNL Extension AgriTools

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in cooperation with the High Plains Regional Climate Center and National Drought Mitigation Center are working on the development of an agricultural decision aid website that is built for use on a mobile device. This page will provide pertinent climate a Continue reading…

Spangler Receives Wendell Burgher Beef Industry Award

Matthew Spangler, associate professor of animal science, has been selected to receive the Wendell Burgher Beef Industry Award from IANR.Matthew Spangler, associate professor of animal science, has been selected to receive the Wendell Burgher Beef Industry Award from IANR.

The award consists of an annual stipend and monetary award to support his program activities for the next two years.

The Wendell Burgher Beef Industry Award was Continue reading…

Backgrounding Calves with Corn Again

This fall with the price of corn predicted around $4/bu., it may once again be an affordable energy source.  Photo coutesy of Chancy Groves.In recent years the price of corn has pushed cattle producers backgrounding calves to seek other energy feed options. This fall with the price of corn predicted around $4/bu., it may once again be an affordable energy source. Producers developing a winter backgrounding program may choose to incorpor Continue reading…

Worried About Hormones?

All multi-cellular organisms contain hormones.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.There are a lot of concerns and mixed messages about hormones in beef. There are a few things to keep in mind the next time you hear that beef contains too many hormones.

All multi-cellular organisms contain hormones. That’s true for animals and vegetables, but some meat production Continue reading…

Forage and Grazing tips

Profit opportunities with cash hay.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.SUCCESS IN 2014 BEGINS IN 2013
Thanks to some favorable weather, fall field work is nearly done – or is it? Maybe you can get a jump on next year’s challenges and opportunities.

I’m great at procrastinating. But when it comes to pasture and hay fields, I’ve learned t Continue reading…

Originally published December 1, 2013 - Submit an Item