UNL BeefWatch December 2015

Do Cows Need Protein Supplements on Corn Stalks?

Cattle will select the grain and best quality forage first when initially turned into a field.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Two factors influence whether or not there is benefit to feeding cows a protein supplement when grazing cornstalks. Consider the following when determining whether or not the feeding of a protein supplement is needed.
QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF FORAGE AVAILABLE
The first factor is the quality and quant Continue reading…

Six Factors Affecting Profit

Six factors interact to affect farm and ranch profits.Six factors interact to affect farm and ranch profits. The number of production units, production per unit, direct costs, value per unit, mix of enterprises, and overhead costs all interact to determine profitability.

NUMBER OF PRODUCTION UNITS
The most basic factor affecting profit in any busines Continue reading…

Test Before Feeding Corn Stalk Bales

Sample and test your bales as soon as possible.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Corn stalk bales will provide much needed feed this winter for many producers. If you’re one of them, be sure to feed them effectively.

Baled corn stalks are going to provide a lot of feed this winter. But before you feed those bales, find out what they have to offer nutritionally. Continue reading…

Livestock Mortality Composting Demonstration Event

Composting is a biosecure method for on-farm disposal of livestock mortalities.  Photo courtesy of Amy Millmier Schmidt.Nebraska Extension is hosting a livestock mortality composting educational event on December 15 at the Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) near Mead and Ithaca, NE. This event is open to the public and is designed to provide livestock producers and industry stakeholders with informat Continue reading…

Winter Grazing On Upland Rangelands

Fall and winter grazing on warm-season grasses is the least detrimental time to graze these species.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Year-round cattle grazing is an important management consideration in the Nebraska Sandhills and western Nebraska. With proper protein and mineral supplementation, cattle can be successfully grazed on dormant winter forage without high inputs of harvested feeds. Although, some hay may need to be fed Continue reading…

Beef Roast For The Holidays

Peppery Beef Rib Roast.  Photo courtesy of beef.org The winter season is a great time to gather friends, family, and (my favorite) food! What better way to celebrate than with a juicy, tender, and flavorful beef roast? Before you purchase your beef roast at the meat counter, ask yourself “How do I plan to cook this roa Continue reading…

Originally published December 1, 2015 - Submit an Item