In February, the University of Nebraska BeefWatch webinar series will tackle issues related to cow-calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunities to interact and get questions answered. Each of the webinars in February will begin at 8 p.m. CST on Tuesdays.
The first session on Feb. 2 will cover highlights from University of Nebraska-Lincoln stocker systems research, offered by Jim MacDonald, UNL professor of ruminant nutrition. It will cover when, what and how much you should supplement stockers. McDonald will discuss some of the UNL research related to management systems and supplementation of stockers and yearlings.
The second Tuesday webinar will take place Feb. 9, covering winter rate of gain and marketing timing in yearling systems. Mary Drewnoski, Nebraska Extension beef systems specialist, and Jay Parsons, Nebraska Extension biosystems economist, will talk about what a winter rate of gain target should be and when is the best time to sell yearlings. They will discuss the economics of winter rate of gain and timing of marketing based on a look at the past 18 years of market data.
On Feb. 16, Halden Clark, DVM, health and stewardship, Great Plains Veterinary Education Center, will discuss experiences with a two-year pilot project grazing corn residue with high risk calves.
Finally, on Feb. 23, Logan Pribbeno with Wine Glass Ranch, Imperial, Neb., will talk about a producer’s perspective on how stockers can fit into a system with the cow-calf herd and how you can use stockers as a drought management tool.
There is no cost to participate in these webinars. Register at beef.unl.edu/beefwatch-webinar-series. The webinars also are recorded for viewing at a later date.