The second session of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at UNL's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
The Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series provides an opportunity for beef producers to enhance the value of their cattle operations, as the program draws upon the expertise of extension educators and specialists from across Nebraska.
Once the flurry of harvest activity has passed, cattle start to graze cornstalks. Beef producers have plenty to consider as herds hit the fields and winter feeding programs get underway. Determining stocking rate, grazing time, cow health, cost and availability of winter feed supplements are just a few of the components that should be considered in a systems approach to beef production.
The program is designed for producers, veterinarians, college students and others involved in the beef industry. Participants will learn more about the systems approach to beef cattle production through these multi-session, hands-on learning experiences in beef production, economics and forage management.
The Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series is a multi-session program. It began in June and the final session will be Jan. 25, 2012. Participants may choose to attend one or all three sessions.
The November program will focus on: grazing stalks, mineral supplementation, feeding and storing distillers grains, third trimester cow health, body condition scoring, production costs and budgets and leasing.
All of these components are part of a systems approach with a connection between production, economics and forage management.
In January, focus will turn to: pasture revitalization, cover crops, calving and understanding EPDs.
Registration for the November program is requested by Nov. 9 and registration for the January program is requested Jan. 18. The fee is $60 per session which includes educational materials, noon meal and breaks.
The Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series is an effort by a team of southeastern Nebraska Extension educators. To register or obtain more information, contact them at: Lindsay Chichester, Richardson County, 402-245-4324; Sara Ellicott, Saunders County, 402-624-8030; Jessica Jones, Johnson County, 402-335-3669; Darci McGee, Nuckolls/Thayer Counties, 402-768-7212 or 402-225-2381; Monte Stauffer, Douglas/Sarpy Counties, 402-444-7804 or Steve Tonn, Washington County, 402-426-9455.