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Brady included in ranching profitability series sites

As beef producers look ahead to 2016, what will the upcoming year bring? The annual Ranching for Profitability series will be conducted across Nebraska in mid-January to cover timely beef issues.

Nebraska Extension beef specialists and educators will cover a variety of topics that may influence the cowherd. To find out what topics will be covered at a local meeting, check with the local extension contact.

Meetings will be Jan. 12-14 and Jan. 19-20. Call the local extension office to register for a meal one week prior. Registration fee is $20. Meals are sponsored by Zoetis, Farm Credit Services of America, Big Red Feeds, Merck Animal Health, and Security First Bank.

How will the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) affect you? Dee Griffin, Nebraska Extension veterinarian, will discuss what VFD is and how it will affect individual operations.

The Food and Drug Administration passed the final ruling of VFD in June 2015 to reduce antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Products deemed “important for human medicine” and used by both animals and humans will be affected.

Veterinarians and producers can still use these products to treat illness, but will not be allowed for growth or to improve feed efficiency in cattle. Griffin will also give a beef cattle disease update at the meetings.

Rental rates for pastures continued to climb in 2015, as hay prices fell. Nebraska Extension Beef Specialist Rick Rasby will cover management when grass is high priced and hay is cheap.

What is one of the biggest costs in a cowherd? This silent expense may surprise many: cow depreciation. Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension beef educator, talks about the impact cow depreciation can have on the bottom line.

Economics show that an animal grazing is less expensive to feed, than hauling the feed to the animal. Mary Drewnoski, Nebraska Extension beef specialist, will share ways to extend the grazing season into the fall and winter.

While winter brings a freezing halt to livestock pests, now is the time to plan ahead for good control next summer. Dave Boxler, Nebraska Extension livestock entomologist, will discuss control methods for pasture flies.

Local beef educators will discuss tips to build your bottom line at each meeting.

Meeting dates, locations and registration information:

Jan. 12, Kimball: 10 a.m., Kimball Event Center, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 308-235-3122.

Jan. 12, Chadron: 5 p.m. MST, 4-H Building at Dawes County Fairground, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 308-432-3373.

Jan. 13, Whitman: 10 a.m. MST Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 308-645-2267 or 1-800-657-2113.

Jan. 13, Valentine: 5 p.m. CST, The Peppermill, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 402-376-1850.

Jan. 14, Ainsworth: 10 a.m. CST, Zion Lutheran Church, 402-387-2213.

Jan. 14, O’Neill: 5 p.m. CST, Courthouse Annex, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 402-336-2760.

Jan. 19, Burwell: 10 a.m. CST, Burwell, Burwell Legion, 308- 346-4200.

Jan. 19, Broken Bow: 5 p.m. CST, Broken Bow Country Club, 308-872-6831.

Jan. 20, Brady: 10 a.m. CST, Brady Community Center, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 308-532-2683.

Jan. 20, Kearney: 4 p.m. CST, Buffalo County Extension Office, 308-236-1235.