UNL BeefWatch November 2015

Don’t Let Nitrates Cost Cattle Lives

If your feed contains annual grasses or weeds that may accumulate nitrates, then test these feeds for nitrates. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz, Nebraska Extension Educator.Will you feed cane, millet, or oat hay, or maybe corn stalk bales, to your cows this winter? If so, don’t let high nitrate levels kill your cows or cause abortions.

Nitrates occur naturally in all forages. At low levels, nitrates either are converted into microbial protein by bacte Continue reading…

Importance of Youth Livestock Shows

With the summer season wrapping up in the Nebraska Extension offices a person can reflect on the accomplishments our 4-H and FFA youth have made this year. One activity that takes a lot of time is raising and exhibiting livestock for the local county fair, State Fair, and Aksarben in Nebraska. The Continue reading…

Cover Crop or Forage Crop…You Decide.

There are many questions about using cover crops as a grazed or mechanically harvested forage.  Photo courtesy of Daren Redfearn.With the explosion of interest in cover crops for soil health benefits, many questions are being asked where no real information exists to substantiate the possible answers. The anticipated changes in soil health resulting from cover crop management can take several years or decades to happen. Ther Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Remote Medication Delivery

There has been an increasing interest and utilization of remote medication delivery systems in the beef cattle industry.There has been an increasing interest and utilization of remote medication delivery systems in the beef cattle industry. The utilization of these delivery systems has some concerns which could conflict with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) principles. The National Cattlemen Beef Association (NCBA) BQA Continue reading…

Originally published November 1, 2015 - Submit an Item