Cow Calf College Brings Agriculture to the People

By: Steve Ross Email
By: Steve Ross Email

It's called the "Cow Calf College" and it's an annual event by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Farmers and Ranchers College. It brings agricultural and animal agricultural science and practice to the people, some of whom are losing touch with farming.

Event organizer Dewey Lienemann of UNL reflected on the situation:
"When I was growing up, everybody had a least a grandfather that lived on the farm, and that's not true today, so we've lost -- we've had a disconnect, I think, with agriculture."

To combat this "disconnect," UNL has deployed two mobile exhibits, the Mobile Beef Lab, featuring a live steer, and the Prescribed Burn Unit, capable of controlled field burns.

Dewey Lienemann foresees continuing growth in livestock production due to worldwide economic growth: "When you have a rise in India, China, and what we used to consider 'third world countries' as well...there's going to be even more demand...for proteins."

Nebraska Department of Agriculture employee Ross Baker says that
state agriculture officers are ever-watchful for disease threats to livestock, and the State of Nebraska monitors animals through its Animal Disease Traceability System: "We're concerned about the disease that would come in, that we wouldn't be aware of."


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