UNL BeefWatch December 2017

Calving Workshops at Six Locations in December

Dr. Mortimer will discuss handling calving difficulty, with emphasis on decision making and the hows and whys of techniques for providing assistance.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Ranchers who want to reduce calf loss at calving and to learn how to properly assist cows at calving should plan to attend “Assisting the Beef Cow at Calving” programs at six locations in December, with Dr. Robert Mortimer, a nationally known veterinarian from Colorado State University.

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Remove Net Wrap and Twine

Neither plastic net wrap nor biodegradable twine get digested by cattle rumen microbes.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Is twine or net wrap good feed? Obviously not, but it can cause health problems if animals eat too much of it.

Feeding hay is work. To lighten the work load feeding hay, we often take short cuts and leave some twine or net wrap on the bales. Whether we want them to or not, animals eat some Continue reading…

Cow-Calf Cost Breakdown – Breeding Expense

Nebraska Extension has developed an Excel® spreadsheet titled the “Breeding Cost Cow-Q-Lator.”  Photo courtesy of Matt Spangler.A critical component of the cow-calf business is reproduction. Getting cows or heifers pregnant comes with the cost of breeding expense. The fourth largest expense for many cow-calf operations is breeding expense. Consider the following example. A cow –calf producer purchases a yearling bull for Continue reading…

Interpreting Forage Quality of Grass Hay

Grasses have more fiber than legumes but grass fiber usually is more digestible than legume fiber.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Have you ever tested the quality of your grass hay and been disappointed at the low relative feed value? Well, maybe your worry is unnecessary.

Farmers and ranchers often tell me their prairie hay or cane hay or other grass hay looks really good but when a lab tested it the relative Continue reading…

Livestock Air Emission Requirements Delayed for Now

Summary. Federal environmental laws require the reporting of emissions or releases of hazardous substances greater than the EPA-established minimum amounts. EPA has established
a 2008 reporting exemption for livestock operations smaller than large CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). Envi Continue reading…

Originally published December 1, 2017 - Submit an Item