West Central Cattlemen’s Day Series offered at 10 locations

This year was not as profitable as 2014. Cattle prices in 2015 were lower in some cases by $500 per calf. Mother Nature, as usual, was unpredictable but generally wetter than previous years. Input prices also continued to creep upward- forage was no exception.

As a cattle producer, you may have questions about what to do next in 2016. A series of meetings in ten locations across western Nebraska and eastern Colorado will be focusing on the changing beef industry.

“To stock or not to stock?”- That is the question. ”Managing Replacements to Maximize Heifer Values Can You Afford to Rebuild Your Herd?” Robert Tigner, Nebraska Extension Educator, will discuss restocking and replacing- the economics of moving forward on the ranch.

The latest research on “Fly Control for your Pastured Cattle” will be discussed by Nebraska Extension Educator Dave Boxler.

“Matching Your Calves to a Backgrounding System” will be discussed by Nebraska Extension Educator Erin Laborie

Other topics for the program include:

“Increasing Reproductive Efficiency of the Cow Herd” by Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension Educator

“Transporting Cattle According to BQA Standards” by Chris Shelley, CSU Livestock Agent

“Grazing Systems Introduction” or “Annual Forages.” ” by Troy Walz Nebraska Extension Educator

“Importance Of Beef Quality Assurance in a Modern Beef Operation” by Kacy Atkinson, CSU Extension Livestock Production Agent

“Forage Kochia” by Strahinja Stepanovic, Nebraska Extension Educator

Dates and locations of the programs are as follows:

January 14 – Ogallala, Quality Inn 5:00 to 9:00 pm, contact 308-284-6051

January 21 – North Platte, Lincoln County Fairgrounds 5:00 to 9:00 pm, contact 308-532-2683

January 25 – Curtis, NCTA Education Center, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, contact 1-888-367-4424 or 308-367-4424

January 27 – Oxford, Mulligan’s 5:00 to 9:00 pm, contact 308-268-3105

February 3 – Minden, Kearney County Fairgrounds 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, contact 308-832-0645February 4 – Imperial NE, Cross Roads Wesleyan Church 5:00 to 9:00 pm MST, contact 308-882-4731

February 9 – Culbertson NE, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, CST contact 308-345-3390

February 10 – Yuma CO, Yuma County Fairgrounds 10:00 am to 2:00 pm MST, contact 970-332-4151

February 11 – Brush CO, Morgan County Fairgrounds, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm MST, contact 970-522-3200 ext 4

February 24 – Loup City NE 10:00 to 2:00 pm MST, contact 308-745-1518

Register one week prior for a meal count at the local extension office. Cost to attend is $15 per person if pre-registered or $20 per person at the door.

–UNL Extension