Cow / Calf Corner

Four Webinars on Genetic Selection Tools for Cattle Producers now Available

  As part of the National Cattlemens’ Beef Association webinar series, the eBEEF team conducted four webinars in the spring of 2018 focused on genetic selection tools available to beef cattle producers and how to put them into practice. The first webinar, “Fake News: EPDs don’t work“, focused on the fundamental principles of EPDs and…

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A Reminder about Forage Intake in the Nursing Calf Raised in a Limit Fed Confinement System

By Karla Jenkins, UNL Cow/Calf Stocker Specialist   A young nursing calf needs access to solid feed and water almost from birth. Photo courtesy of Karla Jenkins.   As grass leases continue to get harder to find and more expensive to acquire, and drought continues to threaten the Great Plains, cow/calf producers are showing more…

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Should You Creep Feed Your Calves This Summer?

By Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension Educator, Beef Systems and Travis Mulliniks, UNL Beef Cattle Nutritionist –Range Production Systems   Creep feeding must be carefully appraised in view of economics of cost of gain, potential market, and the influence on sale price of the calves. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.   Things to consider when creep…

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Breeding season preparations

By Erika Lundy, IBC Extension program specialist Second to feed costs, reproduction success is a major driver in cow-calf profitability. Here are some tips to consider to aid in improving and maintaining conception rates this breeding season. Given the current yearly costs of the breeding herd hovering around $800/head in the Midwest and the sustained…

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BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension More than a decade ago (fall of 2006), the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association published a discussion focused on the future of animal agriculture in the journal titled Choices ( in Volume 21, No. 3. Late in 2010 and early in 2011, I wrote a series of BeefTalks…

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