Stocker Special

Stretching Grass while Maintaining Cattle in the Pasture

By Karla H. Jenkins, UNL Cow/Calf Systems and Stocker Management   As drought conditions worsen through a large portion of the Great Plains, many beef cattle producers are starting to evaluate ways to stretch forage resources potentially in jeopardy. While all producers should have a drought plan which includes trigger dates for removing cattle from…

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Batesville Station hosts weaning, stocker health workshop April 17

By Mary Hightower, U of A System Division of Agriculture   BATESVILLE, Ark. – Calf health, weaning strategies and the Beef Quality Assurance program are among the topics on the agenda for the April 17 Weaning and Stocker Health Workshop at the Livestock and Forestry Research Station in Batesville, part of the University of Arkansas…

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Capturing Value in Cropping Systems Using Cattle

By Kristen Ulmer, Nebraska Extension Educator and Mary Drewnoski, UNL Beef Systems Specialist   There are many challenges and opportunities when trying to decipher how to utilize cover crops as forages and graze cattle in a traditional cropping system. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.   A conference on how to “Capture Value in Cropping Systems…

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A Little Background May Help

By : Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director, CAB Supply Development   Let’s say you weaned calves last fall but didn’t sell. Instead, you helped them cross the bridge to independent life in your dry lot pen and maybe on to a grazing program. Chances are, those “backgrounded” calves have moved on to a finishing yard or…

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Consider Your Options: Graze-out vs. Harvesting Wheat

By : MYRIAH JOHNSON, PH.D., AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS CONSULTANT, NOBLE FOUNDATION   As we move into 2018, it will soon be time to think about whether to pull cattle off wheat so it can be harvested for grain or to leave the cattle on the pasture through wheat graze-out. One of the biggest concerns this past…

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