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The Nebraska Advantage . . . BEEF

Nebraska's beef industry is an aggressive, dynamic business and the largest single industry in the state. Productive range and cropland support over 2 million cattle on feed daily and 1.9 million cows and heifers which calve annually. The abundant supply of water, plus generous feed and grain supplies, has supported the expansion of the state's feedlot industry to Nebraska's present level. Today, one in every five steaks purchased in the U.S. comes from Nebraska. Yearly cash receipts from cattle and calves total over $4.5 billion. Nebraska is the number one marketer of red meat in the U.S. and has over 7.5 million head of cattle processed annually. Nebraska's prominence in the nation's cattle industry is due, in part, to the rich natural resources in the state and to the willingness of the producers and cattle feeding operators to adapt to change. Cattle feeders in Nebraska are responsive to the demands of both their feeding customers and consumers, domestically and internationally. By using the latest in environmentally sound productive management practices, least-cost rations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), computerized record keeping, and value-based marketing, Nebraska's cattle feeders provide their customers and packers with cattle to meet industry and consumer demands. The Ag Promotion and Development Division (AP&D) of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is dedicated to assisting individuals interested in Nebraska agriculture and Nebraska's cattle feeding operations. AP&D staff can provide information or arrange for visits with beef industry leaders. ...more

 

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DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE BUYING BULLS
As the bull-buying season gets underway, commercial cattlemen should do their homework to help ensure the bull(s) they purchase this year meet their needs.
PREWEANING CALF MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ADD VALUE TO FEEDERS
The concept of a value added calf (VAC) program is not new today, but in the late 1980's it was thought to have little value in some circles.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- NO WORSTER
LeRoy was ancient. The lines in his face looked deep enough to hide in. His hair, mostly silver now, was still thick; his black eyes continued to sparkle with mischief.
DO HOMEWORK BEFORE HEADING INTO BULL BUYING SEASON
When it comes to genetics, bull selection is the most important decision the cow-calf producer has to make.
BLACK INK -- WEIGHING PREVENTION
Sometimes it only takes a couple of 2-cc subcutaneous shots to head off problems down the line. Sometimes it takes a few tons of steel, careful planning and focused construction.
WEANING IS CRITICAL TIME IN CALF'S LIFE
As we enter the fall months, weaning time is at hand for most spring calving herds. This is the exciting time of year when producers are able to reap the benefits of a year's worth of work and planning.
FALL CALVING SEASON MAY YIELD HIGHER RETURNS FOR S.E. PRODUCERS
The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season, proving once again that timing is everything.
HAVING A VACCINATION PLAN IS IMPORTANT TO HERD HEALTH
To begin, I do not believe it is appropriate to recommend "cookie cutter" vaccination programs. Your vaccine program must be developed with your risks and expectations in mind.
PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS TO KEEP COWS PREGNANT
Getting cows bred is only part of the story. Keeping them bred, especially through the summer months, also takes attention to detail.
START PLANNING FOR HEIFER DEVELOPMENT
Even in this current, somewhat depressed, cattle market, replacement females for the Florida commercial cow herd are an annual expense of approximately $400 million. Development and selection of the best females to join a productive herd is one of the most challenging aspects of a beef operation, and two of the keys for success, not surprisingly, are: 1) start early and 2) have a plan. Weaning time is not far off.
HAVE A PLAN WHEN MAKING CULLING DECISIONS
When culling cows, it is important to have a plan, and this should include pregnancy testing and closely evaluating every cow.
IT'S THE PITTS -- I'LL LET YOU GO NOW
I'm the last person in America who doesn't own a cell phone so when your phone doesn't ring, it's me.
TAMU BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE ATTRACTS RECORD CROWD
A record 2,200 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course participants heard about potential export market opportunities and the outlook for cattle markets, as well as practical information to take to the ranch and become more profitable.
HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- WHERE YOU FIT
“Just tell us what you want. What's the target?” That request was made decades ago to a noted executive from one of the major beef packers.
PROMPT TREATMENT CAN LIMIT DAMAGE OF ARMYWORMS
Although 2016 brought unusually heavy infestations of and damage from fall armyworms, vigilance and prompt treatment can limit damage this year.

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