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Three State Beef Conference and Eastern Nebraska Extension Beef Workshop offer meetings starting this month.

January 8, 2018

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TIMELY BEEF TOPICS: Extension educators will present topics such as composting livestock mortalities, mineral nutrition, grass and cover crop production, hay storage and waste, and watering options on crop residue.

The 33rd annual Three-State Beef Conference will be Jan. 16-18 at locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

Nebraska Extension, Iowa State Extension and University of Missouri Extension are partnering to bring timely information on such topics as alternative cow-calf production, reproductive management and technologies to improve profitability, as well as calculating the profit-loss of an operation though breakevens.

Knowing your production costs is a key step in making your operation more profitable. Shane Ellis, farm management specialist with Iowa State University Outreach and Extension, will help producers determine their cow-calf profit and loss, and will walk cow-calf producers through calculating their breakevens.

With high pasture rental rates and lack of additional pasture being a forerunning topic, Erika Lundy, Extension beef program specialist with Iowa State University's Iowa Beef Center, will discuss opportunities and challenges with alternative systems. She will discuss how year-round grazing, fall grazing of crop residue and drylotting in the winter compare with traditional summer grazing or confinement in hoop barns.

The final topic encompasses reproductive technology, such as estrous synchronization, to help tighten the calving window and produce a more uniform calf crop born early in the calving season.

Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University Extension livestock specialist, will discuss how reproductive technologies can be used to increase calf value and increase profitability of the cow herd.

The conference will travel to three locations over the course of three days, with each location receiving the same speaker agenda:

 Jan. 16 – Southwestern Community College, Creston, Iowa
 Jan. 17 – MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center, Albany, Mo.
 Jan. 18 – Gage County Nebraska Extension Center, Beatrice, Neb.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. and continues until about 9 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person, which includes a meal and copies of the presentations. Registrations are appreciated by Jan. 12 to help with meal planning and reducing costs.

Registrations for Beatrice can be directed to Nebraska Extension in Gage County at 402-223-1384 or to Kristen Ulmer by emailing, [email protected].

Eastern Nebraska Extension Beef Workshops
In other beef-related news, Nebraska Extension will host 17 Beef Profitability Workshops in eastern Nebraska this winter. Extension educators will present topics like composting livestock mortality carcasses, mineral nutrition, grass production, cover crop production, hay storage and hay waste, fencing and watering options on crop residue, Nebraska fence laws, and others.

These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past 15 years. The cost is $15 but may vary from location depending on local sponsorship. Please register three days before the location you plan to attending to the local Extension Office.

2018 locations are:

Jan. 16 – Cedar County Extension Office in Hartington at 1 p.m. Contact Jackie Steffen at 402-254-6821
 Jan. 17 – Knox County Extension office at 1 p.m. at Center. Contact Ruth Vonderohe at 402-288-5611
 Jan. 18 – Pierce County Extension Office at 1 p.m. at Pierce. Contact Ann Fenton at 402-329-4821
 Jan. 30 – Loup County Fair Grounds at 1 p.m. at Taylor. Contact Steve Niemeyer at 308-346-4200
 Feb. 6 – Wheeler County at Ericson Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Contact Steve Niemeyer at 308-346-4200
 Feb. 8 – Fillmore County at Fairgrounds Ag Hall in Geneva, at 1 p.m. Contact Brad Schick at 402-746-3417
 Feb. 15 – Boyd County Extension Office at 1:30p.m. at Butte. Contact Amy Timmerman at 402-336-2760
 Feb. 20 – Holt County Extension Office at 6:30 p.m. at O'Neill. Contact Amy Timmerman at 402-336-2760
 Feb. 22 – Antelope County Extension Office at 1 p.m. at Neligh. Contact Bradly Averill at 402-887-5414
 Feb. 26 – Saunders County Extension Office at 1 p.m. at ENREC near Mead. Contact Kristen Ulmer at 402-624-8030
 Feb. 27 – Johnson County- Meeting at Nemaha Natural Resource District room at 1 p.m. Contact Jessica Jones at 402-335-3669
 Feb. 28 – Saline County at 1 p.m. at Lutheran Church in Wilber, contact Randy Pryor 402-821-2151
 March 6 – Brown, Keya Paha, and Rock counties at 1:30 p.m. at Methodist Church in Bassett. Contact BKR Extension office at 402-387-2213
 March 13 – Wayne County at 1 p.m. at Wayne Fire Hall in Wayne. Contact Larry Howard at 402-372-6006
 March 14 – Colfax County at 1 p.m. at Colfax County Fairgrounds in Leigh. Contact Larry Howard at 402-372-6006
 March 15 – Washington County Extension Office at 1 p.m. at Blair. Contact Larry Howard at 402-372-6006
 Boone-Nance – TBA

Source: UNL BeefWatch

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