Plan ahead or fall behind

As we’ve seen all too often, livestock-related emergencies can come in many forms. From blizzards, floods, fires or deep-freeze, to highway accidents and the specter of foreign animal disease outbreaks, cattle operations face an array of natural and man-made threats. FULL STORY »

Worried About Hormones?

There are a lot of concerns and mixed messages about hormones in beef. There are a few things to keep in mind the next time you hear that beef contains too many hormones. FULL STORY »

Beef Quality Assurance: Does it really matter at branding?

Branding season is an important time of the year, not only for cattle health and well-being, but as a time for networking and fellowship with neighbors. With that networking comes a great responsibility to continue to work to provide a safe and wholesome product for the consumer. FULL STORY »

Reducing fly numbers on pastured cattle

As late spring approaches, livestock producers should evaluate and select pasture fly control options available for their specific management system. There are three fly species in Nebraska which could economically impact pastured livestock; the horn fly, face fly and stable fly. FULL STORY »

“Supershedders” role in spreading E. coli scrutinized

Though you can’t tell just by looking at them, some of the cattle grazing in a pasture, or noshing high-energy rations in a feedlot pen, may be “supershedders”—meaning they shed high levels of pathogenic Escherichia coli—such as E. coli O157:H7—in their manure. FULL STORY »

"More of the same" on cattle operations

The phrase “more of the same” gives an impression of a lack of progress, not changing from the status quo or not improving. More of the same can mean not adopting new technologies or not adapting to current and projected conditions and, in that sense, can be detrimental on cattle operations. FULL STORY »

Newborn calf mortality has many sources

As calving season gets into full swing, you are probably preparing your farm to provide the best possible start for your new calf crop. A new calf crop is an exciting and stressful time on a farm. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Spring reflections and calf deaths

The next week will be busy at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The cows have been turned out on cool-season grass and the yearlings need to be worked. FULL STORY »

Don't count on cold to kill parasites

Record-breaking snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have cow/calf producers excited for spring and all things that go with it: lush, green pastures; growing calves; and healthy cows. FULL STORY »

Cattle temperament linked to feedlot performance

The temperament of cattle may have a significant impact in how they perform in the feedlot, according to research by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

2014 Beef Feedlot Roundtable webinars are now available online

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and supporting industry personnel attended presentations for the latest in feedlot health, nutrition, environment and economics. The Roundtables were offered in Nebraska with 6 remote links to sites in Iowa with Iowa State University Extension. FULL STORY »

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