Workshop planned to help balance winter rations |

Workshop planned to help balance winter rations

THEDFORD, Neb. – Winter feed costs can be the greatest expense in maintaining a cow herd, said UNL Extension Educator Bethany Johnston of Blaine, Grant, Hooker, Logan and Thomas counties.

On Oct. 15, 2008, starting with registration at 9:30 a.m. mountain time, producers can join UNL Extension specialists and educators at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory near Whitman to learn ways to lower their winter feed costs, Johnston said. The workshop will focus on winter feed and range topics to help reduce those high feed bills.

To pre-register for the meal count and for more information, producers should call the Central Sandhills Area Extension Office at (308) 645-2267 or (800) 657-2113.

Denny Bauer, UNL Extension Educator from Brown, Rock and Keya Paha counties, will begin the morning discussing mineral needs. Knowing their feed values allows ranchers to customize their minerals. The workshop will cover kinds of minerals and amounts needed by cows on winter range.

The group will head outside with Sheridan County Extension Educator Cindy Tusler to discuss winter range. Ranchers need to know how much winter range is available and what crude protein and TDN is in their winter range. Tusler will help ranchers to visualize “bales” on winter range to help them determine how much hay to feed.

The bigger the cow, the more she eats. Developing lighter replacement heifers can result in smaller cows, Johnston said. Rick Funston, UNL Extension Beef Reproductive Physiologist, discusses his research on developing heifers to 50 percent of their mature body weight. The impacts on mature cow size and heifer reproductive rates will be part of the discussion.

Carbon credits have been a hot topic this last year. Specialists will help producers understand the grazing records, ranch narrative, and maps needed to apply for carbon credits.

Pre-registration is required. Please bring $10 to cover the meal.


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