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Don’t put away the calving book just yet

It’s only natural as the season shifts to summer to focus on the immediate tasks at hand such as harvesting feed, monitoring the cattle on pasture, and beginning to prepare for weaning calves this fall. However, summer is a great opportunity to take one more look at the calving records as a way to measure and improve herd management. FULL STORY »

Drought assistance for 2012 and beyond

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. FULL STORY »

From the BIF conference: Funston on heifer development Part 2 Play video

Part 2: After years of contraction, beef herds are poised to expand. University of Nebraska animal scientist Rick Funston, PhD, discusses the implications of cattle numbers and how improving heifer fertility and conception early in the calving season can efficiently boost numbers. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Key issues discussed at World Meat Congress

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng, who has just returned from the World Meat Congress in Beijing, offers his thoughts on some of the key issues discussed at the event. FULL STORY »

Corn crop the best in 11 years

Seventy-five percent of the nation’s corn crop is in good or better condition, marking the best corn conditions reported in the USDA’s Crop Progress report since 2003. FULL STORY »

Jump starting those late calving cows

Breeding season will be soon underway for the mid April and May calving cow herds. However, we all have some late calving cows that are less than 40 to 60 days postpartum. The question is how can we “jump start” some of those late calving cows to start cycling and move them up in the calving season? FULL STORY »

USDA continues Farm Bill implementation with provisions

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that provide new risk management options for farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Summer pneumonia in the beef herd

Over the past several years, respiratory disease in pre-weaned calves on pasture has been increasingly identified in beef herds. These outbreaks tend to be unpredictable, occurring in well-managed herds as well as in not-so-well-managed herds. As such, they are frustrating for cattle producers and veterinarians alike. FULL STORY »

Wheat straw value has increased to cover nutrient removal value

As wheat harvest continues, the question always comes up regarding the value of wheat straw sold out of the field. From a pure fertilizer standpoint, wheat straw contains very little in terms of phosphorus (P2O5), but moderate amounts of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K2O). FULL STORY »

Tips for hay-baling safety, efficiency

As growers statewide finish their first cutting of hay crops, now is a good time to do preventative maintenance tasks that can boost farm profits and protect farm workers, says a safety research associate and lecturer from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. FULL STORY »

From the BIF conference: Funston on heifer development Play video

Part 1: University of Nebraska animal scientist Rick Funston, PhD, discusses systems for developing beef heifers with low inputs and lower costs while maintaining long-term fertility. FULL STORY »

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