2011 Cattlemen’s Day is Jan. 26 at Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab

The calves are weaned, the cows are roughing it on winter range, and outside chores are kept to a minimum because of the cold, cold weather. Before ranchers start their busy season of calving, consider participating in the 4th annual “Cattlemen’s Day” at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (MST).

Denny Bauer, UNL Extension educator, has researched and participated in the NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The CSP is an opportunity for ranchers to supplement their income, in many cases, by doing what they have always done. Ranchers apply for the program through the NRCS. Enhancement activities or bundles determine the amount you receive per acre. A few examples of range enhancements include: moving salt/mineral, deferment of a third of grazing land from May to July, providing escapes for wildlife caught in stock tanks, monitoring pastures, and controlling noxious weeds/cedars. Bauer said, “A set amount of money has been set aside for CSP. Why not keep it in Nebraska and put it in your pocket?”

Four speakers will cover several aspects of reproductive issues. UNL Beef Specialists will troubleshoot nutrition (Aaron Stalker), herd health and biosecurity (Richard Randle), and reproductive management (Rick Funston). Who better to ask about making a cow stick than a panel of Sandhill veterinarians? Doctor’s Baker, Knott and Larsen have called “Pregnant” or “Open” on thousands of cows and will discuss characteristics of highly fertile herds.

A producer panel of Sandhill seedstock will include Angus producer Jerry Connealy, Charolais producer Dave Hebbert and Red/Black Angus, Simmental and Composites producer Berger Herdmasters. Producers will discuss their breeding programs and what to expect from your seedstock provider. Finishing up the day, Matt Spangler, UNL Beef Specialist, will share how to optimize the genetic potential of Sandhills cows.

Trade booths are encouraged to attend also. Contact Rick Funston at or call 308-696-6703 for a booth (cost $50). Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the meal, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and Farm Credit Services, by Jan. 21 to the Central Sandhills Extension Office (800-657-2113 or 308-645-2267) or Ellen at 308-696-6701.