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UNL Extension Offers Mid-Plains BEEF Practicum

UNL Extension Offers Mid-Plains BEEF Practicum

Program covering cow-calf enterprises has three sessions.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series begins in June at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The series will draw on the expertise of extension educators and specialists from across Nebraska.

The program is designed for producers, veterinarians, college students or others involved in the beef industry. Participants will learn more about the systems approach to beef cattle production through these multi-session, hands-on learning experiences in beef production, economics and forage management.

The multi-session program begins June 2 and continues Nov. 16 and Jan. 25, 2012. Participants may choose to attend one or all three sessions.

Participants will learn about grazing toxicity issues, summer herd health, plant identification, value added marketing opportunities, pasture monitoring, pasture design, grazing stalks, mineral supplementation, feeding and storing distillers grains, third trimester cow health, body condition scoring, production costs and budgets, leasing, pasture revitalization, cover crops, calving, and understanding EPDs. All of these components are part of a systems approach with a connection between production, economics and forage management.

Registration for the June 2 program is requested by May 26, registration for the Nov. 16 program is requested by Nov. 9 and registration for the Jan. 25, 2012 program is requested Jan. 18.

Registration is $60 per session or $160 for all three sessions, which covers educational materials, noon meals and breaks.

The Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series is an effort by a team of southeastern Nebraska Extension educators.

To register or obtain more information, contact: Lindsay Chichester, Richardson County, 402-245-4324; Sara Ellicott, Saunders County, 402-624-8030; Jessica Jones, Johnson County, 402-335-3669; Darci McGee, Nuckolls/Thayer Counties, 402-768-7212 or 402-225-2381; Monte Stauffer, Douglas/Sarpy counties, 402-444-7804; or Steve Tonn, Washington County, 402-426-9455.

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