UNL BeefWatch June 2014

Scours – What are they?

Newborn calves up to a month of age are the most susceptible to scours. Photo courtesy of David R. Smith, DVM, PhD, DACVPM (Epidemiology); Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.The temperatures are warming up, we have gotten a little bit of rain, the grass is starting to grow, and your calves may be susceptible to scours, or diarrhea. Diarrhea disrupts the normal absorption of fluids, nutrients, and chemical electrolytes such as sodium and potassium from the intestines, re Continue reading…

Hastening Hay Dry-Down

Temperature, humidity, wind speed, and soil moisture content all are important, but solar radiation has the greatest impact on drying rate.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Haying season is just about upon us. Weather reports soon will be the most important news of the day. Fortunately, there are ways to hasten hay dry-down to beat the weather.

Does it seem to you that this spring has been cloudier than most springs? Now maybe you’re wondering why I’ Continue reading…

UNL Extension Beef Survey

We would appreciate your feedback on the UNl Extension Beef survey.The UNL Extension Beef Team is committed to providing relevant, research based information in a format that meets your needs. To help us achieve that end, we would appreciate your feedback on the following survey. Your completion of this survey will help us identify your preferred method for recei Continue reading…

Forage Options Following Irrigated Wheat

With hay and forage prices where they are currently, planting annual forages into irrigated wheat stubble may be a good option this year. Photo courtesy of Jerry Volesky. The good May moisture we have received with continued strong forage prices is encouraging producers to consider what annual forages could be planted into irrigated wheat stubble. The summer annual forages such as sudan grass, sorghum x sudan hybrids, pearl millet, teff, and foxtail millet are all o Continue reading…

Pinkeye in Cattle

Pinkeye is a highly contagious infectious disease.Pinkeye is a highly contagious infectious disease affecting the eyes of cattle. This common disease can vary in its severity from year to year.

Although pinkeye rarely causes the death of affected cattle it can cause substantial losses to the cattle industry through decreased weight gain, lowered m Continue reading…

Understanding AUMs

Often grazing plans and recommendations use terminology such as Animal Unit Months (AUMs) to describe the carrying capacity of a given forage or pasture.   Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.As drought continues to plague most of Nebraska, producers are finding spring and summer grass in shorter supply. Questions often arise about the relationship between range management and stocking rate. In areas still struggling with low rainfall and drought recovery, range specialists are recommen Continue reading…

Originally published June 1, 2014 - Submit an Item