UNL BeefWatch June 2015

Plan When To Cut Grass Hay

How about cutting your grass hay to match grass nutrient content with nutritional needs of your livestock?  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.When do you cut your grass hay? Do you wait until all row crops are planted? Maybe you plan to cut between your first and second irrigation of corn or cutting of alfalfa. Some growers wait until mid- to late summer to minimize weather risks or cut off late emerging weeds. Or like some folks, may Continue reading…

Matching Protein Needs and Protein Content

Not all feedstuffs contain the same proportions of RDP and RUP.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.When cattle producers check the tag on a bag of supplement or get an analysis back on some hay samples, they mostly likely look for the crude protein content first. Crude protein is derived from the nitrogen content of the feedstuffs and while it is helpful to know, it does not tell the whole story Continue reading…

Grazing for Wildlife Field Day in June near Burwell

Nebraska has one of the largest populations of greater prairie chickens in the country.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. A field day near Burwell on June 24 will show how ranches can manage grazing to benefit not only cow herds, but also other grazing animals and wildlife that depend on grassland habitats.

The Grazing for Wildlife Field Day at the Calamus Outfitters near Burwell will provide hands-on demo Continue reading…

Feeder Cattle Heat Stress, Are You Ready for Summer?

The water required by cattle in hot weather doubles from 12 to 15 gallons per head to 24 to 30 gallons per head.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.CATTLE DO NOT HANDLE HEAT STRESS AS WELL AS HUMANS:

The thermo-comfort zone of feeder cattle and mature cows range from subzero temperatures in the winter to around 75 oF in the summer, depending on body condition, hair coat length, and plane of nutrition. Feeder cattle have difficulty coping with Continue reading…

Raise Cutting Height When First Harvest Is Delayed

Have you harvested your first cutting of alfalfa yet? Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Rain has delayed many folks from cutting alfalfa. If you haven’t taken first cutting yet, it might help if you slightly changed the way you cut this crop.

Have you harvested your first cutting of alfalfa yet? Even if it is not blooming heavily, you might be surprised to find that i Continue reading…

Originally published June 1, 2015 - Submit an Item