UNL BeefWatch December 2016

Building Weather Ready Soils with Manure and Mulch

Visitors to “Building Weather Ready Soils with Manure and Mulch” were shown how manure and mulch increase resilience to heavy rainfall events and droughts using a desktop rainfall simulator.Manure is often an undervalued and underutilized resource in the state of Nebraska. It has many soil health benefits. When manure is managed properly and applied at appropriate rates, soil benefits include better drought tolerance and greater resilience to heavy rainfall events when compared to non- Continue reading…


Winter Hay Considerations

Cattle waste less hay when the amount fed is limited to what is needed each day.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.HAY WASTE
Hay feeding time has started and feeding big round bales sure makes the job easier. Large bale feeding systems are designed to minimize labor but not waste. Most producers feed hay in some kind of feeder, but did you know the type of feeder can affect how much hay is wasted?

Feeding ha Continue reading…


It’s Time to Tighten the Cinch and Grab the Horn!

Nebraska Extension will be conducting Financial Literacy, Quicken Record Keeping, and Unit Cost of Production workshops.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.The saddle horn provides an anchor point of stability so you can stay in control as you guide your horse through rough terrain.

In the same way, financial analysis and knowing your production costs can be anchor points. They provide the perspective and control you need to properly guide your busine Continue reading…


Reducing Yucca in Rangeland

Yucca plants develop rapidly once established on drier rangeland sites.   Photo courtesy of Troy Walz, NE Extension Educator.Yucca plants, which are also called soapweed by many people, have nearly overrun many rangelands. There are ways, though, to reclaim those grazinglands.

Across much of western and central Nebraska, yucca has nearly taken over some pastures. While they may be able to produce attract Continue reading…


Preparing the Cow Herd for Cold Weather

Moisture, high winds, and cold temperatures increase the cow's energy requirements.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Moisture, high winds, and cold temperatures increase the cow's energy requirements.

Cows in an optimal body condition score (BCS 5 to 6) are better able to withstand adverse environmental conditions. As a risk management strategy going into the winter, reduce the number of BCS 4 cows and increase t Continue reading…

Originally published December 1, 2016 - Submit an Item