During the winter of 2017 Nebraska Extension will host 16 Beef Profitability Workshops to help beef producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. The combination of low commodity prices and high input costs has left cattle producers struggling to reach breakeven levels. 

EXAMPLES OF TOPICS THAT MAY BE PRESENTED AT SPECIFIC LOCATIONS ARE:

  • Harvesting Crop Residues- Does It Affect future crop yields
  • Balancing the ranch or farm for Protein
  • Mineral Nutrition
  • Composting Livestock Mortality Carcasses
  • Windrow Grazing
  • Forage Testing and What the Numbers Mean
  • EPDs and Bull Selection
  • Economics in the Beef Industry and Beef Outlook
  • Fencing and Watering Options on Crop Residue
  • Managing Risk on the Average Sized Cow-Calf Operation
  • Evaluating and Valuing Cull Beef Cows and their Carcasses
  • Cow Depreciation – ( 2nd largest cost)
  • Hay and Land Grazing Rental Rates
  • Global Market Landscape
  • Livestock Outlook
  • Grass Production
  • Cover Crop Production

A team of UNL Extension Educators, including Steve Pritchard, Larry Howard, Dennis Bauer, Gary Stauffer, Jim Jansen, Michael Rethwisch and Steve Niemeyer along with local Extension Educators will present information as well as practical approaches for the beef producer.

These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past thirteen years.

Workshops are sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The cost is $15.00 but may vary from location depending on local sponsorship. Pre-Register by calling the local Extension Office in the host county at least three days before the workshop to ensure there are enough handouts and refreshments.

For more information or assistance, please call Steve Niemeyer, UNL Extension Educator in Garfield, Loup and Wheeler Counties at 308-346- 4200 or sniemeyer1@unl.edu

2017 LOCATION SITES ARE AS FOLLOWS: (NO MEAL UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

FEBRUARY 7 – Boyd County Courthouse at 1:00 p.m. @Butte Contact Gary Stauffer 402-336-2760 Speakers: Steve Niemeyer, Gary Stauffer and Jim Jansen 

FEBRUARY 7 – Holt County Extension Office at 7:00 p.m. @O’Neill, NE Contact Gary Stauffer 402-336-2760 Speakers: Steve Niemeyer, Gary Stauffer and Jim Jansen

FEBRUARY 9- Basset Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. @ Bassett, Ne contact Dennis Bauer at 402-387-2213 Speakers: Dennis Bauer and Gary Stauffer

FEBRUARY 9- Springview Community Center at 7:00 p.m. @ Springview contact Dennis Bauer at 402-387-2213 Speakers: Dennis Bauer and Gary Stauffer 

FEBRUARY 14- Belgrade New Frontier Saloon, at 1:00 p.m. @ Belgrade, Ne Contact Steve Pritchard at 402-395-2158 

FEBRUARY 15 – Ericson Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. @ Ericson, Ne Contact Steve Niemeyer 308-346-4200 Speakers: Dennis Bauer, Gary Stauffer and Steve Niemeyer 

FEBRUARY 15 – Loup County Fair Building at 1:00 p.m. @ Taylor, Ne Contact Steve Niemeyer 308-346-4200 Speakers: Dennis Bauer, Gary Stauffer and Steve Niemeyer

FEBRUARY 28- Polk County Fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m. @ Osceola, Ne contact Michael Rethwisch at 402-367-7410 Speakers: Michael Rethwisch, Larry Howard and Jim Jansen

MARCH 1 – Otoe County Extension Office at 1:00 p.m. @Syracuse, Ne contact Sarah Purcell at 402-269-2301 Speakers: Michael Rethwisch, Dennis Bauer, and Steve Niemeyer

MARCH 2 – Cass County Extension Office at 1:00 p.m. @ Weeping Water, Ne contact Ashly Benes at 402-267-2205 Speakers: Michael Rethwisch, Dennis Bauer and Steve Niemeyer

MARCH 2 – Richardson County Fairgrounds at 7:00 p.m. @ Humboldt, Ne contact Kaytlyn Kennedy at 402-245-4324 Speakers: Michael Rethwisch, Dennis Bauer and Steve Niemeyer

MARCH 7 – Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall 204 School Street at 1:00 p.m. @ 
Wilber Ne. contact Randy Pryor at 402-821-2151 Speakers: Steve Niemeyer, Dennis Bauer, Larry Howard and Mary Drewnoski

MARCH 13- Cedar County Extension Office in 101 East Centre, Hartington, NE at 1:00 p.m. Contact Jim Jansen at 402-254-6821 Speakers: Michael Rethwisch, Jim Jansen