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Cover Crop Grazing Conference at ENREC on November 16, 2021

Cover Crop Grazing Conference at ENREC on November 16, 2021

This new expo will help first time or experienced farmers looking to fine-tune their cover crop grazing management utilizing cover crops as an alternative forage source. Speakers and panelists will address important issues for Nebraska farmers and ranchers and provides one-on-one discussion with local, private industry exhibitors and sponsors.

Pregister below HERE - by Nov. 12.

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Safely Grazing Frosted Sorghums

Safely Grazing Frosted Sorghums

            The first light frosts are still a few weeks away in Nebraska. However, planning for these events should be considered by beef producers grazing sorghum-related plants. In addition to sorghum, plants such as sudangrass, shattercane, and milo fall under this same spectrum of review as colder temperatures draw near. Following a freeze, these forages can be highly toxic with prussic acid. Drought, pasture clipping, and overgrazing are other events that can cause increased levels of prussic acid. 

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Herd Health Vaccinations

Herd Health Vaccinations

           Weaning and shipping can be a stressful time in a calf’s life and can cause acute illness. These conditions can include taking in high-risk cattle to co-mingle, weaning your own calves to finish or purchasing ranch source cattle. Importantly, it is our duty as stewards and caretakers of these animals to reduce these stress factors and mitigate illness. Preconditioning against disease can improve calf performance through the growing and finishing phase.

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Pregnancy Checking of Spring Calving Cows

Pregnancy Checking of Spring Calving Cows

              In order to remain an economically practical member of the herd, a beef cow must produce a calf annually. Most non-pregnant cows in a herd, after breeding season, are either young (first calvers breeding back) or old cows. Rather than waiting until calving season to determine if a cow got bred, utilizing pregnancy checking of each individual cow as a management tool will improve reproductive efficiency of a herd. The majority of non-pregnant cows are generally a result of environmental conditions such as management, nutrition, or genetics.

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