UNL BeefWatch April 2017

Nebraska Ranch Practicum – Seeking Applications

Sharpen your decision-making and risk assessment skills to manage your ranch more profitably.The 2017 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers cutting edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Natural resources, livestock management, and economic reality are integrated throughout the Practicum.

During the three-season UNL Extension class, partici Continue reading…

Managing Market Risk for Fall Calf Sales

Now is a good time to think about your marketing plans for the calves you expect to be selling this fall.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Hopefully, your spring calving season has gone well, the grass is greening up nicely, and you are looking forward to a good production season this year. Now is a good time to think about your marketing plans for the calves you expect to be selling this fall. Maintaining and updating a marketing plan Continue reading…

To Estrus Detect or Not Was the Question

A question remains whether there is opportunity to increase AI conception rates with estrus detection. Photo courtesy of T.L. Meyer..This study evaluated how a fixed-time AI (FTAI) protocol versus a modified estrus detection with fixed time AI (MTAI) protocol affected AI and final pregnancy rates.

Reproductive technologies such as estrus synchronization and AI have limited adoption in the beef industry, partially due to added l Continue reading…

Moving Late Calving Cows Up in the Breeding Season

How can you move up a late calving cow in the breeding season?  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.As the end of the calving season nears for many cattlemen, the last few cows in the heavy pen seem to last forever. Those late calvers are doing more than dragging out the calving season. They are costing you money. Their young calves are usually lighter at weaning, late calving cows usually rebre Continue reading…

Colostrum Helps Newborn Calves

Antibodies in colostrum provide calves with their initial protection.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Colostrum, or first milk produced by the mother after birth, is high in nutrients and antibodies. A newborn calf lacks disease protection because antibodies do not pass across the cow’s placenta to the fetus’ circulatory system. Antibodies in colostrum provide calves with their initial protection. Continue reading…

Do Cattle Have a Dry Matter Intake Requirement?

In the scenario of the confinement production cow, how little dry matter can be fed?  Photo courtesy of Karla Jenkins.As pasture rental rates continue to be historically high and pasture availability limited, many producers are evaluating confining production cows as an alternative to grazing. In many areas, by-products such as distillers grains, beet pulp, or wet corn gluten feed are the least cost feed available Continue reading…

Plan for Pasture Production Variation

Forage production from pasture and native range can vary significantly from year to year.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Warm, windy, dry conditions in the month of March have dried out the top soil in many parts of Nebraska. While there is still adequate subsoil moisture in many locations, the pattern of above normal temperatures with below normal precipitation is concerning.

Forage production from pasture and nati Continue reading…

Checking Alfalfa for Winter Injury

Evaluate your alfalfa stands early this spring to check for winter injury.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Alfalfa usually comes through the winter in pretty good shape in our area, so rarely do I worry much about it. And I hope we will avoid serious losses this year.

But this has been an unusual winter. The lack of snow cover during cold temperatures this winter could have permitted co Continue reading…

Originally published April 1, 2017 - Submit an Item