UNL BeefWatch March 2014

Antibiotic resistance: Should I be concerned?

Whenever antibiotics are needed and used, whether for livestock or humans, they need to be administered judiciously with great responsibility. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Chichester.Many people are concerned about antibiotic resistance. What is antibiotic resistance? Antibiotic resistance occurs when an antibiotic loses its ability to effectively control or kill certain bacterial growth. Why is this concerning? The bacteria become “resistant” to an antibiotic and will multiply. Continue reading…

RYE and RYEGRASS: What’s the Difference?

Ryegrasses are very palatable, high quality forage grasses.  Photo courtesy of Bruce Anderson.What do you think of with the phrase “forage rye”? What about ryegrass? These words can describe half a dozen forage grasses that are very different from one another. Planting the wrong one can be an expensive mistake.

The words rye and ryegrass cause much confusion. Rye (Secale cereale) typica Continue reading…

Balancing the Ranch for Protein & Energy with Forages

The quality of any forage depends primarily on the stage of growth when harvested.  Photo courtesy of Troy WalzThe quality of any forage depends primarily on the stage of growth when harvested. Protein levels can exceed 10% and energy levels of total digestible nutrients (TDN) can exceed 60% when forages are harvested at the right growth stage. This level of protein and energy will in almost all cases meet Continue reading…

Impacts of Cold Weather on Calf Weights

UNL beef researchers have studied the effect of colder than normal temperatures on calf birth weights.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. It seemed strange… why did shorn sheep have bigger lambs than their unshorn counterparts? Could lamb birth weight be affected by their shorn mothers’ reaction to the cold winters? The original research goes back to shorn versus unshorn ewes, with the pregnant shorn ewes having higher lam Continue reading…

How Can YOU Educate Consumers About Agriculture?

In the December BeefWatch Newsletter, Lindsay Chichester and I talked about our respective social media campaigns centered on educating the public about agriculture, food safety, and sustainability of livestock production systems. A lot of educators like us have taken to social media to share this t Continue reading…

Nebraska Broadband Initiative

Broadband high-speed Internet access is transforming Nebraska’s economy and society. Broadband high-speed Internet access is transforming Nebraska’s economy and society. Beef producers are using more apps on their mobile devices and cell phones to keep track of cow records, pesticide application records, and markets. This works great if you have access in your area. You can help Continue reading…

Originally published March 1, 2014 - Submit an Item