Livestock

Tuesday April 13, 2021
Distillers Grains
Certain types of distillers grains can affect livestock performance according to Nebraska Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Elliott Dennis.MP3
https://agecon.unl.edu/Cornhusker-economics/2020/distillers-grains-pre-during-and-post-covid-19-ongoing-recovery-and-structural-demand-implications

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Friday April 9, 2021
What Feedyards Should Know about Using Cover Crops
Feedlot operators need to take a second look at using cover crops in their production system. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski says the value cover crops can provide a place to receive and grow calves prior to placing them on finishing ration.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu

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Thursday April 1, 2021
Selection for Milk in the Cowherd
In efforts to increase production, genetic selection for beef tends to lean toward ‘more is better’ or ‘bigger is better.’ Nebraska Extension Beef Cattle Nutritionist Travis Mulliniks talks about the importance of milk production and its effects on performance.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/selection-milk-cowherd-how-much-too-much

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Friday March 12, 2021
Colostrum
The most important meal of a newborn calf is the first one. Nebraska Extension Educator Troy Walz talks about how colostrum is a critical element to a calf’s life.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/importance-colostrum-newborn-calf

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Monday March 8, 2021
Managing Postpartum Anestrus in Beef Cows
As calving season is kicking off, many producers need to start thinking about how to manage cows during the early postpartum phase. Nebraska Extension Cow Calf Specialist Kacie McCarthy gives tips for a successful breeding season.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/managing-postpartum-anestrus-beef-cows-successful-breeding-season

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Wednesday March 3, 2021
Preparing for Calving
For some the calving season is almost upon us, while for others, the start of the calving season is still a few months away. Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger talks about what producers should know about overcoming certain problems during calving.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/preparing-calving

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Friday February 19, 2021
Winter Ticks on Livestock
Livestock producers need to be on the lookout for winter ticks. Nebraska Extension Educator Dave Boxler says, tick infestations can sometimes go unnoticed especially during winter due to winter hair coats.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/winter-tick

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Wednesday February 17, 2021
Organic Farming Trends
Organic food trends have lead to a demand for locally produced products, including red meat. University of Nebraska Ag Economics Assistant Professor Elliott Dennis talks about organic beef production and what it means for both the consumer and the producer.MP3
https://farm.unl.edu/organic-production-livestock-and-livestock-products-nebraska

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Monday February 15, 2021
2021 Virtual Beef Roundtable
The 2021 Beef Roundtables will be offered virtually several days in February and March. Nebraska Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist Galen Erickson says the round tables will cover everything from animal health and handling to marketing and cover crops.MP3
http://beef.unl.edu

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Friday February 12, 2021
Cow Health and Nutrition During Calving Season
Calving Season is not the time to skimp on nutrition as cows will enter peak lactation, the highest nutrient requirement time in their production cycle. Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger says now is a good time to assess body condition of the cows and make adjustments if needed.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/calving-season-%E2%80%93-not-time-skimp-nutrition

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Wednesday February 10, 2021
LRP Changes
The USDA-RMA is increasing Livestock Risk Protection subsidy rates for 2021. University of Nebraska Ag Economics Assistant Professor Elliott Dennis talks about recent changes and what producers can expect.MP3
https://www.proag.com/news/usda-rma-increases-lrp-subsidy-rates-for-2021/

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Monday February 8, 2021
Calves and Colostrum
Newborn calves immediate nutritional needs are critical to their overall health and can affect them for the rest of their lives. Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger talks about how colostrum is a very important part of a newborn calf’s life.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/calfs-most-important-meal-colostrum

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Friday February 5, 2021
Preparing for Calving Season
A good plan and preparation are the best ways to help newborn calves get off to the right start. Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger talks about getting ready for calving season.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/preparing-calving

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Thursday January 21, 2021
Cow Calf College
This year’s Cow Calf College being held January 28th at the Clay County fairgrounds will offer attendees the chance to attend in-person or online. Brandy VanDeWalle, Nebraska Extension Educator says the focus of the 2021 Cow-Calf College is improving reproductive performance through the use of nutrition, estrus synchronization, and alternative breeding and forage systems.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/webster/cowcalf-college/

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Tuesday January 19, 2021
Getting Ready for Calving Season
Ranchers getting ready for the upcoming calving season need to have tools readily available to them to help get newborn calves off to a good start. Lyndsay Waecher-Mead from the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center talks about what works for her during calving season.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu

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Monday January 11, 2021
Annual Cow-Calf Costs
There are three economic categories that tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs associated with any cow-calf enterprise. Stan Bevers with the King Institute for Ranch Management talks the big three: feed, labor/equipment, cow depreciation and how they have changed over the last 30 years.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/annual-cow-costs-%E2%80%93-big-three

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Tuesday December 29, 2020
Livestock Insurance
The primary purpose of Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance is to provide producers with a tool to protect against unexpected downward price movements in the national market. Nebraska Extension Livestock Marking Specialist Elliot Dennis says LRP is available in many forms, terms of length, and coverage levels.MP3
https://farm.unl.edu/livestock-risk-management-and-lrp-updates-usda-and-national-extension-risk-management-education

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Monday December 21, 2020
Winter Tetany in Beef Cattle
Grass tetany is considered a problem that usually occurs when cattle or sheep are eating lush, spring grass but, it can also occur when cattle are being fed harvested forages. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about what causes this problem and how producers can manage it.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/winter-tetany-beef-cattle

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Tuesday December 15, 2020
Seasonality in Fed Cattle Transactions
Volatility in the cattle markets due to the pandemic has had effects on cash negotiations. Nebraska Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Elliot Dennis talks about some of the proposals to increase transparency in the feedlot-packer environment.MP3
https://farm.unl.edu/seasonality-fed-cattle-transactions-and-role-negotiated-cash

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