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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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Herd That! Conference

Herd That! Conference

The Nebraska Women in Agriculture program along with the Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Program are excited to announce the first annual Herd That! Conference on Sept. 15, 2021 in Lincoln, Neb. The conference will focus on the five areas of risk management specific to livestock. The highlight of this year’s inaugural event will be a live cattle handling demonstration with Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Colorado State University and Dean Fish, Ph.D., ranch manager, Santa Fe Ranch.

 

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Nebraska Sheep & Goat AI Clinic September 18-19 North Platte

Nebraska Sheep & Goat AI Clinic September 18-19 North Platte

The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension is excited to announce a Goat AI Clinic, September 18th & 19th at the Lincoln County Fair Grounds in North Platte.  This will be an opportunity for goat producers, interested in Artificial Insemination of goats to learn proper technique from one of the leading educators in the country.

 

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