UNL BeefWatch May 2014

Branding Time and Beef Quality Assurance

Select vaccines that can be administered subcutaneous when possible.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.It is spring and that means its branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding it is important to review BQA guidelines. Let’s take a minute to look at the key BQA principles:

- Discuss calf vaccination protocols with your veterinarian to Continue reading…

Harvesting Sunlight

Improving the amount of green leaves capturing sunlight begins with proper stocking rate.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Free for the taking. Free lunch. Absolutely no cost. Something for nothing. Don’t you love it when you can get something for free?

Input costs keep rising. Seed, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel, hay, supplements, trucking – everything seems to get more expensive. But mir Continue reading…

Grilling Great Taste with Beef Value Cuts

Lower priced beef items for grilling include: the flat iron, chuck eye steak, petite tender, and center cut sirloin.  Photo courtesy of the the Nebraska Beef Council.Your favorite seasoning on your favorite beef steak on your favorite grill…yum! You can already taste the smoky undertones, bold beef flavor, and juiciness in each bite.

But could you save money by grilling outside your comfort zone? The middle meats are a traditional favorite- ribeye, T-bone, te Continue reading…

Controlling Flies on Pastured Cattle in Nebraska

Face flies on a cow.  Photo courtesy of Dave Boxler.As we move closer to summer grazing season, livestock producers should start to consider their fly control management systems. There are three fly species in Nebraska that economically impact grazing cattle; horn fly, face fly, and stable fly.

Horn Fly
The horn fly is considered the most important Continue reading…

Certify Hay As Weed Free

Certifying hay as “weed free” can offer other markets for your hay.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Are you interested in another market for your hay this year? Maybe you should have it certified as “weed free”

Normally when you think of selling hay you think of dairy cows, beef cows, feedlots, or horses. But hay also is used to feed wildlife in national parks and Continue reading…

Originally published May 1, 2014 - Submit an Item