UNL BeefWatch July 2014

GrassSnap- A Mobile App for Monitoring Grasslands

GrassSnap makes photo-monitoring a snap!   Photo courtesy of Bethany Johnston.GrassSnap makes photo-monitoring a snap! Rangeland managers can quickly grab repeatable photo-monitoring data, and save it to their smart device. Data can easily be downloaded to a computer.

Check out the unique features of the app:
• A ghost image allows users to effortlessly replicate the landsc Continue reading…


Young Calves, Summer Heat, and Water Consumption

Temperature plays a very critical role in water intake in the young calf. Photo courtesy of Jason Warner.Many producers have found calving in late spring or summer allows them to match their feed resources to the cow’s nutrient requirements better than spring calving. Producers who choose to calve at this time need to also consider the water requirements of young calves during the heat of summer.

Very Continue reading…


Drought Assistance for 2012 and Beyond

Drought assistance for livestock producers is now available for 2012 and 2013.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Remember the “flash” drought of 2012? Many areas of Nebraska were still dry in 2013 and into 2014.

Drought assistance for livestock producers is now available for 2012 and 2013. Some counties are still eligible in 2014. There are two programs- the LFP and ELAP.

The LFP addresses drought loss o Continue reading…


Changing Landscape of Beef Industry

Giving injections in the “triangle” on the neck helps minimize injection sites in the carcass.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Ranchers and beef producers listened to the report and changed how they were doing business. Back in 1991, the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA), injection site lesions were a major concern for the beef industry.

The beef industry should “pat itself” on the back for what was NOT said in the 2011 Continue reading…


Sweet Clover Abundance

Sweet clover can provide more nitrogen for adjacent grasses than most other legumes.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Have you noticed an abundance of yellow sweet clover this summer? This can be good or bad, depending on how it may affect your pastures, your hay, and your cattle.

In many situations, I like sweet clover. Sweet clover is a legume and is able to produce its own nitrog Continue reading…


Handling Rained on Hay

 Rained on hay causes many problems.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Rained on hay. Sometimes it’s down so long that it’s virtually worthless. Trouble is, what do you do with it?

Rained on hay causes many problems. Obviously, feed value of the hay is lowered. And many times, in our rush to put this hay up, it gets baled or stacked too Continue reading…

Originally published July 1, 2014 - Submit an Item