UNL BeefWatch February 2014

Colostrum Helps Newborn Calves

Allowing the calf to suckle the dam is the most efficient method of feeding colostrum.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Colostrum, or first milk produced by the mother after birth, is high in nutrients and antibodies. A newborn calf lacks disease protection because antibodies do not pass across the cow’s placenta to the fetus’ circulatory system. Antibodies in colostrum provide calves with their initial protection. Continue reading…

Time of Feeding Influences when Cows Calve

This graph depicts the impact of when feeding occurs during the day and when calving occurs over a 24 hour period.As calving season approaches, think about how to make your job easier and potentially save more calves at calving. Calving season can be challenging for producers. Long hours, not enough labor, and Mother Nature are only a few items that come to mind. A simple management strategy can increase the Continue reading…

Selecting Genetics that Fit Your Environment

Selecting Genetics that Fit Your Environment, photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Science, or rather advancements in science, allow for new or revised tools to aid in selection and management of beef cattle. It’s not hard to think of examples; artificial insemination protocol and the accompanying products (CIDRs, MGA, etc.), implants and feed additives, EPDs, economic selection Continue reading…

Forage and Grazing Tips

Last summer’s weather caused much hay to be baled too wet or silage chopped too dry. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.FEEDING MOLDY HAY and TESTING AND FEEDING TOBACCO-BROWN HAY AND SILAGE

FEEDING MOLDY HAY
Moldy hay. No matter how hard you try, eventually you have mold in some of your hay and need to decide about feeding it. Here are some guidelines.

Feeding moldy hay to livestock Continue reading…

Mobile Cattle Tracker for Cow Calf Producers

Mobile Cattle Tracker is available for ipads, iphones, android smartphones, and android tablets.No one disputes the value of records when it comes to making management decisions that affects the bottom line of an operation. The old adages that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” and “how do you know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been” rings true for any type of bu Continue reading…

The Value of Hay as Fertilizer

Have you ever stopped to think about what the dollar value of the nutrients in the hay are worth as fertilizer once they have been processed by the cow? Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.This time of year, many producers are feeding cows hay. Have you ever stopped to think about what the dollar value of the nutrients in the hay are worth as fertilizer once they have been processed by the cow?

Mature cows should excrete 100% of the nutrients they consume in terms of nitrogen, phos Continue reading…

2014 Beef Feedlot Roundtable

The Beef Feedlot Roundtable is sponsored by UNL Extension, ISU Extension, and the Nebraska Beef Council.Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and supporting industry personnel will learn the latest in feedlot health, nutrition, environment and economics at the 2014 Beef Feedlot Roundtables Feb. 11-13 in Bridgeport, Lexington and West Point, with remote connections to locations in Iowa.

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Originally published February 1, 2014 - Submit an Item