The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series will conduct a special November session on winter drought management tips for cow herds at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.
The session will draw on the expertise of Rick Rasby, UNL extension beef specialist; Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef veterinarian; plus Lindsay Chichester, Jessica Jones, Sara Ellicott, Monte Stauffer and Steve Tonn, all UNL Extension educators, to share their beef cattle expertise with participants.
The program is designed for producers, veterinarians or others involved in the beef industry. This special session will deal with tips on managing the cow herd during the winter to reduce the effects of the drought, says Steve Tonn, Extension educator in Washington County. Participants will learn more about tips to manage and feed drought affected forages, stretching short forage supplies, using alternative feedstuffs, hay feeding methods and reducing feeding losses, nitrate poisoning symptoms and managing respiratory problems with drylotting cows and calves.
Time will also be allotted to visit with the speakers on an individual or small group basis.
The session will be Nov. 29, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.
Registration, which is requested by Nov. 21, is $60, 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 one of the following Extension educators: 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.