Livestock

Friday July 19, 2024
Using Ultrasound for Early Pregnancy Diagnosis and Management
Halden Clark, DVM from the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center says ultrasound has been a great tool for the beef industry to quickly check pregnancy status in heifers and cows. He says it can greatly benefit cattle producers who need to make profit decisions with non-pregnant cows. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/can-early-pregnancy-detection-help-you-make-culling-and-replacement-decisions-fall

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Thursday July 11, 2024
Calf Performance and Heat Stress
Heat stress can have a big effect on growing calves according to research being done at Kansas State University. A.J. Tarpoff, Kansas State Extension Beef Veterinarian discusses how shade allocation, water, and digestible feed affect calf performance.MP3
https://enewsletters.k-state.edu/beeftips/2023/02/27/effects-of-limit-feeding-and-shade-allocation-on-growing-calf-performance-water-usage-and-animal-comfort/

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Friday July 5, 2024
Summer Pneumonia in Calves
Summer pneumonia in calves is a serious condition and if not caught early could lead to the death. Dr. Halden Clark from the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center says producers should be on the lookout now for early symptoms.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2023/what-does-summer-pneumonia-look-calves-and-what-do-about-it

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Friday June 21, 2024
Mitigating Heat Stress in Cattle
Summer heat can seriously impact cattle performance. Nebraska Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist Galen Erickson talks about strategies for producers to consider that will help cattle beat the heat. MP3
https://ianrnews.unl.edu/mitigating-heat-stress-cattle-nebraska-mesonet

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Thursday June 20, 2024
Nebraska Researchers Contribute to USDA Study on Cover Crops in Livestock Operations
Cover crops on livestock operations can offer many economic and environmental benefits. UNL Ag Econ Professor Jay Parsons talks about how cover crops can help make cattle operations successful and points out the benefits of incorporating them.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/nebraska-researchers-contribute-study-cover-crops-livestock-operations

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Monday June 17, 2024
Frequency of DDGS Supplementation Impacts Gains of Yearlings on Grass
New research on supplementing cattle on pasture with dry distillers grains have yielded some interesting results. Nebraska Extension Specialist Mary Drewnoski focuses on the impact on cost, labor and protein benefits for cattle with dried distillers grain supplement feed. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2024/research-review-frequency-ddgs-supplementation-impacts-gains-yearlings-grass

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Thursday June 13, 2024
Sizing and Siting a Shade Structure for Cattle
Keeping your cattle cool on hot summer days can help their overall health and performance. Nebraska Extension Specialist Rick Stowell talks about shade structures on cattle operations. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2023/sizing-and-siting-shade-structure

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Wednesday June 12, 2024
Show Calf Care
The tradition of showing livestock is something most Nebraska kids know well. Extension Beef Educator Lindsay Waechter-Mead says there are some handling and health issues that should be considered when transporting the livestock as well as returning home. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/

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Thursday June 6, 2024
Photosensitization in Cattle
Chemicals in weedy forage can cause skin problems in cattle. Nebraska Extension Veterinarian and Beef Educator Lyndsay Waechter-Mead talks about what plants are problematic and what to look for when it comes to photosensitization in cattle.MP3
https://tvmdl.tamu.edu/2021/08/16/photosensitization-causes-and-testing-options/

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Tuesday June 4, 2024
Planning for Heat in the Feedlot
As we approach the end of spring, it may be time to start thinking about how to mitigate summer heat in feedlots. Nebraska Extension Educator Alfredo DiConstanzo talks about strategies to reduce heat stress in cattle.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2024/time-start-planning-heat-feedlot

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Wednesday May 22, 2024
Optimal Management for Heifers in Feedlots
Heifers that are not retained as replacement females for breeding often find their home in feedlots, with heifers comprising approximately 39% of total cattle on feed. Nebraska Extension Feedlot Specialist Jessica Sperber says managing feedlot heifers to ensure their health, well-being, and optimal growth is key for feedlot sector profitability.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2024/heifer-harmony-optimal-management-heifers-feedlot

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Thursday May 16, 2024
Horn Fly Management on Pastured Cattle
Horn flies and stable flies will soon start to be a problem for livestock producers in Nebraska. Dave Boxler Nebraska Extension Educator talks about having a fly management plan for your pastured cattle.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2023/horn-flies-and-control-options

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Tuesday May 14, 2024
Controlling Horn Flies on Pastured Cattle
Nebraska’s spring weather conditions have made it more difficult to predict the emergence of horn flies. Nebraska Extension Educator Dave Boxler talks about several products that producers can use to control horn flies on pastured cattle.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2023/horn-flies-and-control-options

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Friday May 10, 2024
Coccidiosis in Calves
Coccidiosis is a common gut infection that typically affects calves less than 6 months old. Veterinarian and Nebraska Extension Beef Educator Lyndsay Waechter-Mead discusses how the disease is contracted by cattle and some of the symptoms it causes.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2024/producer-question-what-do-i-need-know-about-coccidiosis

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Thursday May 9, 2024
H5N1 in Dairy Cattle Information and Update for Cattle Producers Part 2
Many consumers are concerned about the H5N1 virus in milk. University of Nebraska Veterinary Pathologist Matt Hille talks about the USDA and FDA’s efforts to insure a safe milk in the U.S.MP3
https://dairy.unl.edu/Dairy%20Cattle%20H5N1%20Updates%20for%20May%201%2C%202024.pdf

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Wednesday May 8, 2024
H5N1 in Dairy Cattle Information and Update for Cattle Producers Part 1
Recent developments in the H5N1 or avian flu is a virus appears to mainly be affecting older lactating dairy cattle. University of Nebraska Veterinary Pathologist Matt Hille talks about the outbreak and what producers in Nebraska need to know.MP3
https://dairy.unl.edu/Dairy%20Cattle%20H5N1%20Updates%20for%20May%201%2C%202024.pdf

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Monday May 6, 2024
Management Strategies for Minimizing Early Pregnancy Loss
Reducing stress during pregnancy is one of the best ways to prevent embryonic deaths in heifers. Nebraska Extension Beef Cattle Reproductive Physiologist Rick Funston talks about this and other management strategies to help cows give birth to healthy calves.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/management-strategies-minimizing-early-pregnancy-loss

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