Beef Cow Herd Profitability Workshops offered Feb. 3 |

Beef Cow Herd Profitability Workshops offered Feb. 3

Sandi Karstens
IANR News Service

Two University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension beef profitability workshops on Feb. 3, 2011, will help producers get their calves off to a good start in life.

The workshops will be held at the Washington County Extension Office, 597 Grant St. in Blair, beginning at 1 p.m., or at UNL’s Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead at 6:30 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the start of the meetings.

“Getting a healthy calf on the ground at calving time is critical to the success of any cow herd operation,” said Sara Ellicott, UNL Extension educator in Saunders County.

The workshops will include information on pre- and post-calving health, nutrition and management practices and decisions that can affect the cow and calf and impact the profitability of the operation.

“Pre- and post-calving cow diets can have a dramatic effect on the cow and her calf,” Ellicott said. “Adequate energy, protein and minerals are very important.”

Featured speakers are Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef cattle veterinarian, who will discuss cow herd health programs for the spring calving cow herd and vaccination programs for growing calves, and Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, speaking on pre- and post-calving cow nutrition and mineral supplementation.

Ellicott and Monte Stauffer, UNL Extension educator in Douglas/Sarpy counties, will offer additional information on forage sampling and testing. Steve Tonn, UNL Extension educator in Washington County, will discuss body condition score at calving.

Pre-registration is encouraged by phone, fax, e-mail or mail one week in advance – discounts apply. Cost is $15 and walk-ins are welcome. Pre-registrations will be accepted at the Douglas/Sarpy Counties Extension Office, 8015 West Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68124-3175 or call (402) 444-7804; the Washington County Extension Office, 597 Grant St., Suite 200, Blair, NE 68008-2550 or call (402) 426-9455 or the Saunders County Extension Office, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca 68033-2234 or call (402) 624-8030.

Fees include reference materials and refreshments. Make checks payable to UNL Extension in Saunders County.

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