Livestock

August 17, 2022
Late Season Fly Control
For the past couple of seasons parts of Nebraska have had extended hot and dry weather. Nebraska Extension Educator Dave Boxler says these conditions can make it more difficult to control flies around the pasture. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/late-season-pasture-fly-control

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Tuesday August 9, 2022
Blue Green Algae Impacts on Cattle
Blue green algae can be toxic to livestock. Nebraska Extension Crops and Water educator Amy Timmerman talks about what ranchers should be on the lookout for in their ponds.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/blue-green-algae-impacts-cattle

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Friday August 5, 2022
Beef Grading and Final Products
Consumers are looking for beef products with more marbling or inter-muscular fat. Nebraska Extension Educator Connor Biehler says producers must consider many factors to produce marbled beef and it starts with genetics.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/impact-production-final-product

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Thursday August 4, 2022
Beef Slaughter and Price Relationships
It is no secret that slaughter cow numbers this year have been elevated, but it’s the rate at which they have occurred that has been puzzling Nebraska Extension Livestock Marketing Economist Elliot Dennis talks about what has led to the increase.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/beef-slaughter-and-price-relationship-amid-2022-economic-conditions

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Tuesday August 2, 2022
GPS Sensors and Cattle
Cattle producers are embracing emerging technologies to better manage cattle. Nebraska Extension Precision Livestock Management Yijie Xiong and Nebraska extension Beef Specialist Mitch Stephenson talk about how GPS sensors are changing the way cattle are raised.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/technical-note-where-are-my-cattle-%E2%80%93-part-i-gps-sensors

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Thursday July 28, 2022
Drought Stressed Pastures and Cow Nutrition
Poor pasture conditions brought on by drought can cause serious nutritional issues for cattle. Nebraska Extension Cow/Calf Systems and Stoker Management Specialist Karla Wilke talks about nutrition options for livestock.MP3
https://go.unl.edu/2022foragefieldday

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Tuesday July 26, 2022
Supplementing Yearling Cattle
Strategic nutritional supplementation could be a good strategy for producers trying to save money feeding yearling cattle. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Masters student Kaylee Wheeler shares the results of a recent study looking at timing and ingredients of supplemental feed for yearlings.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/supplementing-yearlings-summer-grazing-season-it-worth-it

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Thursday July 21, 2022
Managing Heat for Cattle
Hot and humid weather can be a serious problem for cattle. Nebraska Extension Specialist Galen Erickson talks about good practices for produers to help keep cattle comfortable during hot weather. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/helping-cattle-cope-summer-heat

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Thursday July 7, 2022
Inflation Effects on the Cattle Industry
Higher fuel prices and drought are making cattle production more expensive. Elliott Dennis, Nebraska Extension Livestock Marketing and Risk Management Specialist talks about feeder cattle interest rates and grazing land values.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/feeder-cattle-interest-rates-grazing-land-values-pose-hurdles-producers

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Wednesday July 6, 2022
Summer Pneumonia in Spring Born Calves
Beef producers know from experience that calving season is fraught with perils for baby calves. Halden Clark with the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center says producers need to be on the lookout for other calf related risks as they mature including pneumonia.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/summer-pneumonia-spring-born-beef-calves

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Thursday June 30, 2022
Feeder Cattle Interest Rates and Other Hurdles for Producers
Federal rate hikes will have a significant impact on the feeder cattle industry according to Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Elliott Dennis. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/feeder-cattle-interest-rates-grazing-land-values-pose-hurdles-producers

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June 17, 2022
Not All Cows Are The Same, Some Eat More
Calculating feed costs have never been more important. Nebraska Extension Educator Jack Arterburn talks about how some cows eat more than others and that should factor into your calculations. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/not-all-cows-are-equal-%E2%80%93-some-eat-more

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June 9, 2022
Breeding Season Preparation
Body condition of your cows and bulls plays a big part in the upcoming breeding season. Nebraska Extension Educator Wayde Pikinpaugh talks about how producers should start preparing now for breeding season. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/preparing-breeding-season

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Friday June 3, 2022
Feeding the Right Protein to Cattle
Feeding cattle the right balance of nutrients is critical to their performance and health. Nebraska Extension Educator Hannah Greenwell talks about the differences in protein sources and what producers should know about each.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/protein-not-protein-not-protein

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Thursday May 26, 2022
Managing Bull Fertility Prior to the Breeding Season
As producers preparing for breeding season, it’s important to think about how to manage bull fertility and understand critical factors that can impact that. Kacie McCarthy, Nebraska Extension Cow-Calf Specialist says decisions made now can greatly impact breeding.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/managing-bull-fertility-prior-breeding-season

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Tuesday May 24, 2022
Can You Raise Beef at Home
Many rural consumers are switching from multiple trips to the grocery store or local butcher shop to bringing their own cattle in for custom processing. Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger talks about what it takes to selecting the proper animal to feed out for harvesting freezer beef.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/selection-criteria-home-raised-beef

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Tuesday May 17, 2022
Strategies for Minimizing Early Pregnancy Loss
Stress is not only a serious problem for people, it can also affect embryo loss in cows. Nebraska Extension Cattle Reproductive Physiologist Rick Funston talks about minimizing pregnancy loss in cows by reducing stress.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/management-strategies-minimizing-early-pregnancy-loss

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Tuesday May 10, 2022
What are my Options when I Am Out of Grass
Nebraska Extension Specialist Karla Wilke says producers are going to have to come up with some options should their grazing pastures run short of grass due to drought conditions.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/what-are-my-options-when-i-am-out-grass

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Thursday April 28, 2022
Choosing a Breeding Season Length
Breeding season length can greatly affect the performance of your young calves. Nebraska Extension Range Cow Production Systems Specialist Travis Mulliniks talks about how you choose a breeding season length.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/selecting-optimum-breeding-season-length

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