Livestock

Friday April 12, 2024
Getting the Most Out of Grazing Cereal Rye
Grazing cereal rye, winter triticale, and winter wheat in early April and May can be a good forage resource. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski says when managed correctly, growing calves can gain 3 to 4 pounds a day.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2023/getting-most-0ut-grazing-cereal-rye-and-other-winter-hardy-small-cereals

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Wednesday April 10, 2024
Challenges in Culling Strategies
Part of every cattle operation is knowing when to keep or cull cows. Nebraska Extension Associate Educator Jesse Fulton talks about best practices that are beneficial to animal welfare and financial success.MP3
https://www.ncba.org/Media/NCBAorg/Docs/ncba-cattlefax-cull-cow-strategies-2024_final-1.pdf

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Monday April 8, 2024
Preventing Enterotoxemia in Calves
Enterotoxemia is a bacterial infection that can come on suddenly and be fatal for newborn calves. Veterinarian and Nebraska Extension Beef Educator Lyndsay Waechter-Mead talks about the symptoms and how to treat calves.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/

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Friday March 29, 2024
Weak Calf Syndrome
Getting your calves off to the right start can be quite challenging. Veterinarian and Nebraska Extension Beef Educator Lyndsay Waechter-Mead talks about that producers need to understand about weak calve syndrome.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2023/managing-hypothermia-newborn-calves

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Wednesday March 27, 2024
Heifer Replacement
Replacing females in the beef cow herd plays a pivotal role in a sustainable and profitable in cow-calf operations. Nebraska Extension Livestock Educator T.L. Meyer talks about making good decisions while looking at costs and potential returns.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/retain-not-retain-heifer-dilemma

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Monday March 25, 2024
Vitamin A and Calf Health
Newborn calves need a healthy dose of vitamin A to help fight off bacterial infections. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about the process of proper feeding and timing to get the vitamin into calves.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2024/vitamin-levels-calving-can-have-big-impact-calf-health

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Thursday March 21, 2024
Managing Bovine Congestive Heart Failure Part 2
There are some genetic indicators that might predict if your cattle will suffer from congested heart failure. UNL veterinarian Brian Vander Ley says there are also other factors that could lead to the condition and talks about what producers can do about it. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/bovine-congestive-heart-failure-bchf-feedlot-cattle

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Wednesday March 20, 2024
Managing Bovine Congestive Heart Failure Part 1
Even the best cattle on the best feedlot can experience a congested heart. UNL veterinarian Brian Vander Ley talks about bovine congestive heart failure and some of the indicators that point to this condition in cattle. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/bovine-congestive-heart-failure-bchf-feedlot-cattle

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Tuesday March 19, 2024
Chasing the Elusive Second Calf
First time heifers can sometimes experience problems getting pregnant a second time. Extension Cow/Calf Specialist Karla Wilke discusses some of the reasons why getting a new heifer pregnant can be tricky. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2024/chasing-elusive-second-calf

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Friday March 15, 2024
Retained Placenta in Beef Cows
Retained placenta is rare in most cow herds but is seen with difficult births. Nebraska Extension Veterinarian and Beef Educator Lyndsay Waechter-Mead says producers should be mindful of a cow’s condition and extra nutrition needs during and after pregnancy.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/managing-postpartum-anestrus-beef-cows-successful-breeding-season

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Thursday March 14, 2024
Veterinarian Shortage and Solutions in Rural Nebraska
There is a nationwide shortage of veterinarians and certified vet techs in rural areas, and it’s even worse when it comes to care for large animals. Dr. Larry Marshall from the Bertrand Veterinary Clinic says a program from the University of Nebraska College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources is designed to meet that need.MP3
https://youtu.be/O8CTJoDd3dM?si=QjTOgZmMITKgd4PNz

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Tuesday March 12, 2024
Nebraska Elite 11 Program
To help bolster the shortage of large animal veterinarians in the state, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is offering financial assistance to Nebraska students pursuing degrees in Animal or Veterinary Science. At a recent press conference with Governor Jim Pillen, CASNR Dean Tiffany Heng-Moss discussed the program and encouraged incoming students to be a part of it. MP3
https://casnr.unl.edu/elite11

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Friday March 8, 2024
Preparations to Make When Scheduling and Delivering Beef for Processing
Filling up your freezer with beef is a great way to save money and enjoy beef year-round. Nebraska Extension Meat Specialist Jordan Wicks talks about beef processing and delivery both from a consumer and producer viewpoint. MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/management/paying-family-members-farm-or-ranch

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Thursday March 7, 2024
MGA Feeding for 18 Days
On today’s program Extension Beef Cattle Reproductive Physiologist Rick Funston discusses MGA feed protocols for estrus synchronization and response with artificial insemination. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/documents/2023-beef-report/16-18_Christenson_MP117-2023.pdf

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Thursday February 29, 2024
Beef Cattle Inventory Report
Recent numbers have shown the total cattle numbers in the US herd are down. But Texas A&M Ag Economist David Anderson says that’s not necessarily problematic. He talks about the USDA Beef Cattle Inventory report on today’s Almanac. MP3
https://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Cattle_Inventory/

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