Livestock

Monday January 17, 2021
A Calf’s Most Important Meal – Colostrum
Colostrum is the first milk meal that is produced after calving. Due to its nutrient rich and antibody makeup, it is essential for a calf’s health and can affect performance during that first year. Nebraska Beef Extension Educator Aaron Berger talks about why colostrum is so important to the health and wellbeing of calves.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/calfs-most-important-meal-colostrum

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Friday January 14, 2021
Cow Costs
Checking the bottom line on your ranch operation is critical to your profitability. Stan Beavers from the King Institute for Ranch Management talks about the “big three” that every rancher must know.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/annual-cow-costs-%E2%80%93-big-three

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Thursday January 13, 2021
Calving Tools
Being prepared for the calving season means checking your tools and having them handy when the time comes. Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead from the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center gives ranchers some tips on calving tools.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cedar/calving-prep/

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Tuesday January 11, 2021
Winter Calf Supplement Studies
Winter supplements for calves is a common practice, but does it payoff when spring comes around? Nebraska Extension Cow/Calf Systems and Stocker Management Specialist Karla Wilke talks about recent studies that looked that winter calf supplements. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/winter-supplementation-beef-calves-%E2%80%93-when-supplementation-doesn%E2%80%99t-pay

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Friday December 31, 2021
Replacement Heifers
A very important part of the cowherd is replacement heifers. Nebraska Extension Specialist Kacie McCarthy gives producers some tips on keeping or replacing heifers on their operation.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/what-consider-when-selecting-replacement-heifers

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December 20, 2021
Cost of Gain vs Value of Gain
Timing is a moving target when it comes to feeder cattle. Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Elliott Dennis talks about producer decision making when it comes to feeding for pounds gained versus value gain. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/cost-and-value-gain-retained-feeder-cattle-nebraska

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Friday December 10, 2021
Planning and Utilizing Cover Crops for Grazing
Planting and grazing annual forages on dryland or irrigated crop acres is a great way to supplement cattle feed. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about how to successfully grow a cover crop for grazing.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/growing-and-grazing-annual-forages

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Friday November 19, 2021
Managing Lice in Beef Cattle
As the above average fall temperatures give way to winter conditions cattle lice numbers will increase. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Dave Boxler talks about how to manage lice on cattle.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/cattle-lice

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Wednesday November 17, 2021
Cow-Calf Management with Limited Perennial Pastures
Managing cow-calf pairs with limited perennial acres will be the topic of discussion for several workshops offered by Nebraska Extension coming in December. Nebraska Extension Cow/Calf Systems and Stoker Management Specialist Karla Wilke talks about what options producers have to help ease stressful conditions for cow/calfs in enclosed areas. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/cow-calf-management-limited-perennial-acres-%E2%80%93-workshop-series

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Monday November 15, 2021
Cattle Lice
One insect pest that has been shown to cause problems with beef cattle performance is lice. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Dave Boxler details what species of lice affect cattle and says there could be treatment issues because of warmer fall temperatures.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/cattle-lice

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Friday November 12, 2021
Heavier Feeder Cattle Placements Amid Meat Processing Plant Issues
Consumer beef demands, corn prices and inflation are major factors driving the beef market. Nebraska Extension Livestock Marketing and Risk Management Economist Elliot Dennis talks about the 2022 cattle on feed outlook.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/heavier-feeder-cattle-placements-amid-meat-processing-plant-issues

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Monday November 8, 2021
Helping Cows Cope With Cold Stress
Colder weather means cattle will need more energy resources, especially during the upcoming winter months. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about strategies and tips for livestock producers to help cattle cope with colder weather.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/helping-cows-cope-cold-stress

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Monday November 1, 2021
Developing Heifers to Fit Their Environment
As producers begin selecting replacement heifers, there are many things to keep in mind. Nebraska Extension Beef Educator Erin Laborie talks about what livestock producers should consider about their operation when replacing heifers.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/developing-heifers-fit-their-production-environment

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Tuesday October 26, 2021
Corn Stalk Grazing
Having corn stalks to graze is a great resource for livestock producers. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about what you should keep in mind when turning cattle out on fields after harvest.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/grazing-corn-stalks-or-corn-residue

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Thursday October 21, 2021
Safely Grazing Frosted Sorghum
Sorghum that has been touched by frost can be potentially toxic to grazing cattle. Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman gives producers strategies to help them avoid grazing on frozen sorghum.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/safely-grazing-frosted-sorghums

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Tuesday October 12, 2021
Virtual Cattle Auctions, CME and Fall Feeder Prices
The feeder cattle market has experienced a significant amount of price variation between March and July. University of Nebraska Ag Economics Associate Professor Elliott Dennis talks about feeder pricing issues between virtual cattle auctions and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/what-are-video-auctions-and-cme-futures-telling-us-about-fall-feeder-cattle-prices

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Friday October 8, 2021
Cost Effective Heifer Replacement
Staying profitable on your operation means making smart, timely decisions on heifer replacements. Nebraska Extension Beef Reproductive Specialist Rick Funston talks about important considerations for heifer replacement.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/replacementheifer

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Tuesday October 5, 2021
Market Issues Resulting from A Recent Processing Plant Fire
A recent fire at a Grand Island beef processing plant increased production problems on an already stressed plant. University of Nebraska Economics Associate Professor Elliott Dennis compares this fire to a recent fire at a Kansas plant and how it affected production.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/comparing-grand-island-ne-and-holcomb-ks-meat-processing-plant-fires

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Wednesday September 29, 2021
Brazilian BSE Case Impact on Trade
The Brazilian beef industry reported a case of atypical BSE or Mad Cow Disease recently. UNL Ag Economics Associate Professor Elliot Dennis talks about how that incident has caused trade issues and how the Brazilian beef industry is dealing with it.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/potential-impacts-brazilian-bse-us-meat-complex

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