The Nebraska Extension BeefWatch webinar series is designed to highlight management strategies in grazing, nutrition, reproduction and economics to increase cow-calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. The focus for January's webinar series is “Preparing and managing for the calving season.”
Each Tuesday evening session features industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact and have questions answered. The Jan. 5 session, which already took place, covered prevention of calf scours, featuring information from Halden Clark, DVM, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center.
The remaining Tuesday sessions include one Jan. 12 on the calving toolbox and record keeping, featuring Lindsay Waechter-Mead, DVM, and Erin Jobman, DVM, GPVEC. Waechter-Mead will talk about her favorite tools to have ready for calving season, and tricks that can help make the season go more smoothly. Jobman will discuss how to derive valuable knowledge from calving records.
On Jan. 19, discussions will turn to calving complications and when producers need to call in a veterinarian. Becky Funk, DVM, GPVEC, will talk with producers about how long they should wait before needing to call for help from a veterinarian, how to manage calving difficulties and considerations when complications rise up.
Finally, on Jan. 26, Nebraska Extension educator Troy Walz will cover cow nutrition needs at calving and through early lactation. Walz will talk about meeting nutritional requirements of the cows during these critical periods, as well as the importance of cow nutrition to the health and performance of the calf.
There is no cost to participate in these webinars, but registration is required. If you miss a webinar, each session is recorded and available for viewing at any time. All sessions begin at 8 p.m. CST.
To view all of the sessions and register for upcoming webinars, visit beef.unl.edu/beefwatch-webinar-series.
For more information, email Kacie McCarthy, Nebraska Extension beef cow-calf specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mary Drewnoski, Nebraska Extension beef systems specialist, at email@example.com.