Livestock

Thursday December 1, 2022
Features of the Upcoming Feedlot Innovation Center
A futuristic feedlot is coming to the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead. University of Nebraska Animal Science Department Head Clint Krieble talks about what the feedlot center will feature including new and emerging technologies in feeding and handling of livestock.MP3
https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/nebraska-u-breaks-ground-on-one-of-a-kind-feedlot-innovation-center/

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Monday November 28, 2022
Value of Gain on Winter Backgrounded Cattle
National feeder and stocker cattle receipts are slightly lagging due to drought in parts of the United States. This leaves cow-calf producers with a tough decision whether to sell or retain weaned calves this winter. Nebraska Extension Livestock Economist Elliot Dennis talks about factors producers should consider.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/value-gain-winter-backgrounded-cattle

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Tuesday November 15, 2022
Feeding Ionophores in Mineral
Ionophores have been safely utilized in the beef industry for a long time. Nebraska Extension Vet and Beef Educator Lindsay Waecheter-Mead talks about adding ionophores to your supplements to help with calf energy and weight gain.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/bioenergy

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Monday November 7, 2022
iGENDEC Beef Cattle Selection Tool
Online software developed by Nebraska Extension can help cattle producers maximize their bull selections. Nebraska Extension Beef Genetics Specialist Matt Spangler talks about iGENDEC and how it helps producers customize bull genetics to fit their operation.MP3
https://beefimprovement.org/beef-improvement-federation-releases-decision-support-tool-for-beef-cattle-selection

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Wednesday November 2, 2022
Test Your Hay
If you know the quality of your hay, you can make the right decision in terms of supplementation level and not spend more money than you need to. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about the best methods to testing your hay.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/do-your-herd-and-your-bank-account-favor-test-your-hay

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Friday, October 21, 2022
2022 Heifer Price Discounts
Nebraska Extension Livestock Marketing Economist Elliot Dennis says there are larger price discounts for heifers this season and talks about what those discounts mean. MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/2022-heifer-price-discounts

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Thursday, October 20, 2022
Beef Quality Assurance During the Fall Run
Being loaded on a truck for transport can be very stressful for cattle. Jesse Fulton, Director of the UNL Beef Quality Assurance program says there are many issues for ranchers to consider before getting cattle ready for the fall run. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/beef-quality-assurance-during-fall-run

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Tuesday October 4, 2022
Flexible Stocking Rate Options for Drought Management
Much of Nebraska is experiencing drought conditions this year. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Educator Ryan Benjamin stresses moderation and flexibility when it comes to stocking strategies during drought.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/flexible-stocking-rate-options-drought-management

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Friday September 9, 2022
Adding Wheat to Feedlot Diets
As corn prices increase, utilizing wheat may be an option for producers to implement in their feeding program. Nebraska Beef Systems Educator Wayde Pickinpaugh talks about the addition of wheat to livestock diets.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/utilizing-wheat-feedlot-diets

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Wednesday September 7, 2022
Rising Tensions with U.S. Beef Exports to China
World events have implications for local producers and the recent tension between China and the U.S. could lead to beef market issues. University of Nebraska Livestock Marketing Economist Elliott Dennis talks about the concern in the overseas market.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/livestock/tensions-surrounding-us-beef-exports-china

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Monday September 5, 2022
Drought Stressed Corn for Feed
Keeping cattle fed during a drought can be a challenge for many producers. Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator Brad Schick talks about what to consider when feeding drought stressed corn.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/drought-stressed-corn-feed-opportunity

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Tuesday August 23, 2022
Strategic Culling Decisions
Drought sickened pastures and high grain prices might mean making some difficult changes in your cow herd. Nebraska Extension Educator Alfredo DiConstanzo talks about strategic culling decisions.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/strategic-culling-cowherds-cope-drought-or-high-feed-costs

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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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