2012 Ranching for Profitability: June 25-28 meeting in central, western Nebraska
Pasture is becoming scarce in Nebraska: Extra cattle have been brought in from drought-stricken southern states; range is being converted to cropland because of high grain prices; and much of the state is drier than average or in a drought. What is a cattleman to do?
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension is hosting a series of “Ranching for Profitability” meetings June 25 through June 28 in eight Nebraska locations that will focus on pasture production, cattle gains on pasture, and what to do during dry spells.
There will be two locations per day, with the first session from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the second session from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. local times.
A variety of topics will be presented, depending on location. Some sessions will stop at a local ranch for hands-on range monitoring. UNL Beef Specialists Rick Rasby and Rick Funston will discuss alternatives to summer pasture, drought management, and reproductive beef management.
At some locations Dennis Bauer, extension educator who coordinates the management of the Barta Brothers Ranch, will talk about the research at the ranch focusing on enhancing yearling gains in the pasture. David Boxler will discuss fly control on beef cattle at North Platte. The Beef Mobile Lab will also be available for viewing a rumen fistulated steer and view the microbes under a microscope at Broken Bow and Kearney.
Meeting dates, locations and times (all local):
• June 25, 9:30 a.m. – O’Neill, Courthouse Annex Meeting Room
• June 25, 4:30 p.m. – Rose, Barta Brother Ranch
• June 26, 9:30 a.m. – Broken Bow, Broken Bow 4-H Building
• June 26, 4:30 p.m. – Kearney, Buffalo County Extension Building
• June 27, 9:30 a.m. – Brewster, Milleson Ranch/Uncle Buck’s
• June 27, 4:30 p.m. – Valentine, Peppermill
• June 28, 9:30 a.m. – North Platte, West Central Research and Extension Center
• June 28, 4:30 p.m. – Sidney, Cheyenne County 4-H Building.
To register, call the local UNL Extension Office. Pre-registration is encouraged one week prior for a meal count. Contacts include: O’Neill 402-336-2760; Rose 402-387-2113; Broken Bow 308-872-6831; Kearney 308-324-5501; Brewster 308-645-2267; Valentine 402-376-1850; North Platte 308-532-2683; and Cheyenne 308-235-3122. Registration is $15.
The Ranching for Profitability meeting series is sponsored by UNL Extension and the meal by Pfizer Animal Health.