Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Cattlemen’s Day series offered in 10 locations

Last year was not as profitable a year as 2014. Cattle prices in 2015 were lower in some cases by $500 per calf.

Mother Nature, as usual, was unpredictable but generally wetter than previous years. Input prices also continued to creep upward—forage was no exception.

Cattle producers may have questions about what to do next in 2016. A series of meetings in 10 locations across western Nebraska and eastern Colorado will focus on the changing beef industry.

“To stock or not to stock? That is the question. Managing Replacements to Maximize Heifer Values Can You Afford to Rebuild Your Herd?” is the topic to be covered by Robert Tigner, Nebraska Extension Educator. He will discuss restocking and replacing—the economics of moving forward on the ranch.

The latest research on fly control for pastured cattle will be discussed by Nebraska Extension Educator Dave Boxler.

“Matching Your Calves to a Backgrounding System” will be discussed by Nebraska Extension Educator Erin Laborie.

Other topics for the program include:

“Increasing Reproductive Efficiency of the Cow Herd” by Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension Educator

“Transporting Cattle According to BQA Standards” by Chris Shelley, CSU Livestock Agent

“Grazing Systems Introduction” or “Annual Forages” by Troy Walz Nebraska Extension Educator

“Importance Of Beef Quality Assurance in a Modern Beef Operation” by Kacy Atkinson, CSU Extension Livestock Production Agent

“Forage Kochia” by Strahinja Stepanovic, Nebraska Extension Educator

Dates and locations of the programs are as follows:

Jan. 14—Ogallala, Quality Inn 5-9 p.m. Call 308-284-6051.

Jan. 21—North Platte, Lincoln County Fairgrounds 5-9 p.m. Call 308-532-2683.

Jan. 25—Curtis, NCTA Education Center, 5-9 p.m. Call 1-888-367-4424 or 308-367-4424.

Jan. 27—Oxford, Mulligan’s 5-9 p.m. Call 308-268-3105.

Feb. 3—Minden, Kearney County Fairgrounds 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 308-832-0645.

Feb. 4—Imperial, Cross Roads Wesleyan Church 5-9 p.m. MT. Call 308-882-4731.

Feb. 9—Culbertson, 5-9 p.m. Call 308-345-3390.

Feb. 24—Loup City, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 308-745-1518.

Register one week prior for a meal count at the local extension office. Cost to attend is $15 per person if pre-registered or $20 per person at the door.