UNL BeefWatch May 2017

Getting the Most Out of Oat Pasture

Oat pastures can be very productive and last through early summer.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Many people are trying oat pasture this spring. The potential seems great, but you may be disappointed if you don’t graze it right.

Oat pastures have increased in popularity in recent years. They can reduce problems from drought and provide fast, early grazing. Oat pastures can be Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Calf Processing/Branding Time

One key BQA principle is to give all injections in the neck region.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.It is spring and that means calf processing/branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines. Let’s take a minute to look at the key BQA principles:

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Implanting the Suckling Calf

As branding season approaches, consider using calfhood implants as a management strategy to maximize returns.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.The use of growth implants has shown to be an effective tool in increasing production from the ranch to the feedlot. Implants cause a delay in fat deposition and an increase in lean tissue accretion while ultimately changing frame size. These growth promotants have been reported to increase gains of Continue reading…

Managing Horn Flies

With summer grazing season is almost here, now is the time to prepare a horn fly management plan.  Photo courtesy of Dave Boxler.With summer grazing season is almost here, now is the time to prepare a horn fly management plan. Developing an effective plan requires some knowledge about the fly’s habits, life cycle, economic impact, and available control strategies.

United States livestock producers lose over $1 billion annu Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: Building A Herd Health Program

An appropriate Herd Health Program ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Cattlemen have demonstrated a commitment to the integrity of today’s beef products by implementing sound cattle management practices. Consumers are looking for beef raised in a healthy and safe environment. An appropriate Herd Health Program ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.

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Originally published May 1, 2017 - Submit an Item