UNL BeefWatch March 2016

Selecting Replacement Heifers

Replacement heifer selection can affect the profitability of your herd for years to come.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. When going into the heifer pen to decide which of the calves stay in the operation and which are sold, producers are making choices that affect the profitability of their herd for years to come. A crystal ball would sure come in handy as we never really know the outcome of alternate choi Continue reading…

Controlling Muddy Conditions in the Feedlot

Cattle make fewer trips to the feedbunk during muddy conditions which results in lower feed intake.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Prolonged periods of mud and moisture in the feedlot can significantly hinder cattle performance and profitability. When cattle are standing in four to eight inches of mud, gain can decrease by nearly 15 percent. A feedlot with mud that is belly deep can depress gain by nearly 25 percent. Conseque Continue reading…

A Shot Fore Thought: Buying Bulls by Value

Choosing the right bull for your herd is a complex question involving many factors.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Selecting and buying the right bull for your herd is a complex question involving many factors including who you are, the type of cows in your herd, and the type of calves you are marketing. If you are only interested in producing terminal market animals you would likely select a herd sire strictly Continue reading…

Annual Forage Systems for Grazing

Cattle can be grazed from mid-spring through the fall using an annual forage system. With strong demand for summer pasture, producers are looking for alternatives to produce forage for grazing. Cattle can be grazed from mid-spring through the fall using an annual forage system. This involves timely planting of cool- and warm-season annual forages. These systems typically involve at Continue reading…

Originally published March 1, 2016 - Submit an Item