UNL BeefWatch August 2017

Nebraska Grazing Conference is August 8 and 9

 Is placement of cross fences and water points preventing you from taking full advantage of the potential benefits of rotational grazing? Get the answers at the Nebraska Grazing Conference at the Kearney Ramada on August 8 and 9.

Jim Gerrish, internationally respected graz Continue reading…

Protein Supplementation and Forage Intake

The lower the quality of the diet, the slower the passage rate.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Let’s take a quick review of ruminant physiology.

Based on how many times I’ve heard someone say they are feeding supplement to “stretch the grass,” I think there are some misconceptions about what is happening when you supplement protein.

This is where the ruminant physiology comes in. How much Continue reading…

Keep or Sell Weaned Heifer Calves During Drought?

One of the classes of cattle that can be a dilemma when the question of keep or sell comes up is weaned heifer calves.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Dry conditions are impacting range and forage production across much of Nebraska as well as the Dakotas and Montana. This is causing producers to sell yearling cattle early and prompting them to consider strategies to reduce cattle numbers going into the fall. One of the classes of cattle that can Continue reading…

2017 Solar Eclipse & Nebraska Agritourism Liability

Path of the moon's shadow across Nebraska on August 21, 2017.  Image courtesy of NASA.Thousands of tourists are expected to visit Nebraska to view the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. Rural landowners may be opening up their land to visitors for camping and eclipse viewing. Landowners have legal protection against tourist personal injury liability if they do not charge a fee to campers Continue reading…

Grazing Considerations in a Drought Year

Establishing annual monitoring protocols gives you the ability to compare current conditions to previous years.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.With drought conditions intensifying across Nebraska, range and pasture growth is winding down, or in many cases has stopped. Now is a time when grazing decisions will impact next year’s forage production. This spring brought timely precipitation across portions of Nebraska providing plentiful cool Continue reading…

Is Manure a Fertility Option for Wheat?

There are some situations when manure will work well in wheat rotations and others that should be used with caution. Photo courtesy of Rick Koelsch.With ground opening up for manure application following wheat harvest, this is a good time to ask about the fit for manure with wheat? There are some good opportunities to use manure following wheat harvest.

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There are some situations when manure will work well in wheat rotation Continue reading…

New Resource for Agricultural Site Planning

 One of the most common types of calls I receive as an Extension Engineer is “If I want to expand my livestock operation (or start a new operation), will I need a permit?” Addressing that question usually begins with me asking several questions of my own: How many animals do you currently raise at th Continue reading…

Using CRP Hay during a Drought

Grinding CRP hay, mixing it with wet distillers grains, and limit feeding it to cows or pairs in confinement can be a good way to utilize poor quality forage such as CRP while maintaining body condition and weight gain on the calves.  Photo courtesy of KaWith increasing areas of Nebraska being hit with drought, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture has released Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands to be used for hay. All hay intended for cattle rations, including CRP hay, should be tested for nutrient quality so a balanced diet can be for Continue reading…

Originally published August 1, 2017 - Submit an Item