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 »

Native warm-season grasses to offset the ‘summer slump’

Native warm-season grasses, such as switchgrass, eastern gamagrass, little or big bluestem, and indiangrass can be the answer to fill production gaps caused by summer dormancy of cool-season grasses. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Unified cattle identification remains an elusive goal

Cattle values are vulnerable to issues that surface within the consuming public even though discussions on animal identification have been soft for some time. As cattle producers, occasional reminders are needed to prod us into not forgetting the industry’s susceptibility or vulnerability to unforeseen biosecurity issues. FULL STORY »

Adding forage options with summer annuals

Warm-season annuals are excellent options to consider as a way to increase a farm or ranch’s forage production. These are a group of annual grasses that perform best during the warmest part of the summer and are typically planted in June or July. FULL STORY »

'It is Time to Act' on Expanding Livestock Industry in State

Nebraska's uniquely intertwined agricultural economy, although still the engine of the state's economy, may not be operating to its full potential, says a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report that outlines the potential impact of several livestock-industry expansion scenarios. FULL STORY »

As heat, humidity set in, livestock heat stress is danger

The heat and humidity of summer are arriving in many parts of Nebraska this week, and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator is offering tips on how to handle livestock in these potentially dangerous conditions. FULL STORY »

Can storage of vaccine affect its efficacy?

Respiratory disease in cattle also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system. FULL STORY »

Summertime water requirements for the cow herd

During hot summer months, the water needed for a cow herd often determines several other management decisions. To best assess the adequacy of water quantities in surface water or from wells or "rural water" supplies, it first is necessary to have an idea of the amount needed for cattle of different sizes and stages of production that you may have during the summer on the ranch. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Calf planting

As the Dickinson Research Extension Center winds up May calving, the year has been good. May calving involves pastures, grass and space. FULL STORY »

2014 Calf Marketing Considerations

Calf prices are at record levels and will remain very strong the remainder of 2014 and beyond. Cow-calf producers will enjoy record revenues and, for many, record net returns for the cow-calf enterprise. FULL STORY »

What will drive the next cow herd expansion?

With cattle inventory at levels not seen since the early 1960's and a massive corn crop in the bin from 2013, it seems appropriate to evaluate the future of US cattle numbers. Numerous factors have affected cattle numbers over the last several years and undoubtedly those, FULL STORY »

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