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Functional Genomics Using genomics and marker assisted selection to improve your cattle herd. Nutrition, environment, and management practices also need to be considered. (Larson)

Technology: Embrace It or
Discard It

Implants, ionophores, and beta-agonists can improve ADG and add bring higher premiums at sale time. Niche markets can also be an option. (Miller)
March/April Current Status of Parasite Resistance in US Cattle Benefits of parasite-free animals. Ways to test for current parasite status in herd. How to treat animals with parasites in order to prevent future parasite resistance. (Bliss, Moore, & Kvasnicka)
External Parasites Also Need To Be Considered Tools for controlling external parasites and the time-line that should be followed. (Fanning)
May/June Summer Management Considerations for Maximizing Cowherd Performance Methods of protecting the cowherd during summer months including foot rot and anaplasmosis prevention as well as fly control. (Warner)
Water: The Forgotten Nutrient Importance of water in cattle performance. Water quality, quantity, and availability must all be considered. The source of water may also affect production of cattle.
Autumn Earlage for Starting, Growing and Finishing Cattle Value of earlage, the expected yield and the mechanical aspects of harvesting and how to harvest and store a high quality product. (Larson)

Your Most Important Resource

Want good employees?  Finding and keeping them requires dedication to becoming a great leader.  Building a strong and effective organization with greater employee morale, involvement and dedication.  (Martin)
Winter Getting Better Utilization Out of Your Hay Management considerations for maximizing hay usage and cutting cost. Strategies for stretching forage supply during winter. (Miller)

Advocating for Agriculture

Ways to influence how consumers perceive modern agricultural practices. How to spread accurate information, increase credibility, and get people to listen. (Baughman)








What to do if Your Wet Co-products Run Out – Plan B

Strategies to plan for co-product being unavailable due to weather, plant shut-downs, or supply/demand issues. Planning and not delaying changes are crucial to keep your cattle on feed and keeping your operation running (Miller)

Maximizing Profit in the Feedlot

Strategies and tools to improve bottom line predictions. Knowing cost of gain (COG) is important and helps calculate breakeven purchase price. Increasing average daily gain (ADG) lowers COG. Increasing days on feed can improve the bottom line. These two factors, ADG and DOF, are two important keys to maximizing profit. (Fanning)

March/April Backgrounding Management Effects on Finishing Cattle Performance Effects of feeding management and implants of backgrounding cattle on feedlot performance and carcass quality. Strategies and research to improve economic return for backgrounding cattle. (Prawl)
Choosing, Designing and Managing Cattle Feeding Barns Factors that influence the interest in confinement barns and considerations for building price, cost of gain improvement and value added to manure. Building designs and particular focus towards flooring of the building. (Larson)
May/June Fly Control in Feedlots Types of flies controlled, effects of flies on feedlot performance, types of strategies to control fly populations, feed additives, and recommendations (Martin)
Cattle Handling and Injury Prevention Effects of stress on cattle while being handled, strategies and steps to take while moving cattle, tools to assist while herding cattle, reactions of cattle and counter measures to take during the process to prevent injuries (Fanning)
July/August Creep Feeding – When Does it Pay? Research data outlining the benefits and downfalls to feeding calves on a creep feeder. Economics should be the overall factor to use or not use creep feed. It should be used to add pounds to a calf when that weight is more valuable than the cost of feed and when it does not cause any long term negative impacts. (Larson)
Lameness in the Breeding Herd Hoof health should be considered in the breeding herd just as it is in the feedlot. Recommendations and strategies to maintain hoof health, identify problem areas, prevent negative factors from being a problem, and critical parts to a good prevention program. (Miller)
September/October Culling Cows That Aren’t Profitable It is important to sell a cow when she is no longer profitable to the ranch. Recommendations and points to consider such as getting rid of open cows, examining eyes, bad udders, feet and leg soundness, wild cattle, potential production for another year, and culling when in moderate body condition. (Prawl)
High Moisture Corn (HMC) Management HMC benefits are apparent for both farming and feeding operations but success is in the details. Points to consider when putting up HMC should be most importantly the correct moisture content and timing things right, processing HMC with a hammer mill or roller mill and the benefits of each, correctly packing the pile, and the whether an inoculant is a good option considering your operation and value of corn. (Martin)
November/December Feeding and Managing the Cowherd in Confinement or Semi-Confinement Systems Feeding and managing cowherds in confinement or semi-confinement is becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative production system for operations. Important aspects to consider include nutrition, reproduction, health, general management, and economics. (Warner)
Grazing Crop Residues Allowing cattle to graze crop residues benefits the soil, animals, and producer. Cattle are able to use nutrients from the field and return them in a form more easily utilized by the crops. It also provides means of dispersing disease load and potentially increasing the producer’s financial profits. Water access, soil compaction, and methods of confinement should be considered. (Fanning)








Meeting Your Cow Condition Target Efficiently, Old Paradigm, New Shif

Meeting protein and energy needs for your cows with feedstuffs, quality minerals and trace minerals, and maintaining body condition score (BCS) during winter conditions (Larson)

What Level of By-Products Should Be Fed?

Feeding by-products and managing bunks, alternative protein sources and managing those resources, reading bunks, feed processing, and starting cattle with by-products (Fanning)


Nutrition and Management for the Bred Heifer

Differences in feeding strategies for developing heifers and effects on reproduction.  Energy balance and Body Condition Score (BCS) (Miller)

Why We Stress Feedlot Pen Maintenance

The importance of pen maintenance and the large effect it has on cattle performance (Martin)


Parasite Control in Cattle

The economic advantages to controlling internal and external parasites in feedlot and pasture cattle.  Types of dewormers and their delivery methods and timing (Larson)

Castration Decisions

Analysis of castration timing and the effects on cattle.  Differences in castration methods and types and the effects on cattle performance (Prawl)


Storing Round Hay Bales

Types of hay storage and the research and economic impacts of storage decisions and wrapping or not wrapping bales (Martin)

Corn Silage Value

The economic value of adding corn silage to rations as a secured forage source.  Comparing diets with varying amounts of corn silage.  Figuring a value for corn silage (Fanning)


Managing Mycotoxins

Close attention and management is needed when feeding damaged or rejected feeds due to the possibility of mold producing mycotoxins.  Types of mycotoxins, their association with different feed ingredients, and the toxin’s symptoms (Miller)

Heifer Development

A look at research that heifers do not need to reach 65% of their mature weight by first breeding.  Benefits of training heifers to be a cow by mature cows.  Strategies on development and maintaining a moderately increasing plane of nutrition all the way to pasture (Larson)


Winter Weather Effects on Nutrient Requirements of Cattle

Temperature, wind, and moisture change lower critical temperature thus effecting energy requirements. Feedlot and grazing cattle strategies to help compensate for the higher energy requirements needed (Martin)

Genetically Engineered Feeds Shown to be Safe for Consumption, Again

Recent review of research illustrating no negative effects on performance, nutritional composition, or organ pathology of food production animals fed feeds that are Genetically Engineered (GE) or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) summarizing that they are safe for feed use. The supporting data on the benefits of GE or GMO feeds to help feed the world (Prawl)









Feeding Dairy Type Steer Calves

Economic interest in feeding dairy cattle and the technology, feed, and performance management (Larson)

Drought Effects on Calf Health

Long term effects from 2012 drought conditions on calf and herd health (Prawl)


CTC Controls Pneumonia and Anaplasmosis

Economic and performance benefits of utilizing Chlortetracycline in multiple stages of beef production (Fanning)

Feeding Cows in Confinement or Semi-Confinement

Factors to consider when confining cows as a management or marketing strategy and the reproductive/weaning performance (Martin)


The Impact of Removing Growth Enhancing Technologies from the U.S. Beef Industry

Growth technologies such as ionophores, implants, and beta-adrenergic agonists.  Comparisons and results of treated and un-treated animals.  The economical efficiencies of the technologies and their impacts bottom line of implementing them in the beef industry (Miller)


Assessing the Mineral Status of Beef Cattle

Reasons supporting the analysis of mineral’s on animal performance, individual trace mineral roles in a program, and liver biopsy tests (Prawl)


Affects and characteristics of this non-infections disease found in cattle, causes, and preventive measures (Larson)


Grazing Crop Residue

Benefits to the feeder/grain farmer by feeding crop residues and the economic impacts (Fanning)

Weaning Receiving Programs

Types of calves being received, steps to take prior to receiving, types of rations for receiving calves, reading cattle, and getting calves started right (Martin)


Proper Ration Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Preparing equipment and feed is important a successful feeding operation.  Quality feedstuffs, diet formulation, feeding directions plus others are important to keep your feeding program on track (Prawl)

Annual Forage Crops: How Do They Compare?

Utilizing different resources is important to efficiently manage your costs due to economic factors pressuring the livestock industry.  Sorghums and other forages may be an option when considering other resources. (Miller)










Summary of Dan Larson’s overseas trip (Larson)

Going, Going, Gone Green?

Benefits of beef and the industry to the environment/world (Fanning)


We Can’t Improve What You Won’t Keep Track Of

Record keeping for all phases of beef development(Prawl)

Increasing Stocking Rate of the Beef Cow

Economical supplementation to increase stocking rates (Miller)


Proper use of Implants

Tips when considering implants (Erickson)

The Value of Calving Early

Early calving, calving distribution; ionophores (Martin)

Micronutrients and their impact on Cattle in the Feedyard

Economic and development advantages of micronutrients; chelated trace minerals (Larson)


Harvesting Drought Stressed Forages

Nitrates, ensiling, grazing failed forages (Fanning)

Drought Causes a Cow/Calf Producer to Adapt

Cow/Calf care, pasture longevity, early weaning and performance (Prawl)


Management Tips for Feeding Alternative Forages

Alternate forage, protein, supplement ideas; ionophores (Miller)

Management Decisions Will Make a Difference in Profitability

Health, bunk management, implants, pen conditions, additives (Martin)


Key Steps in Effective Succession Planning

Business goals, family planning, contingency plan (NTA Research and Development Council)









Feeding Co-Products; Fact vs. Myth

Benefits of distillers byproducts (Fanning)

Ionophores in Beef Cows

Ionophore benefits, timing, strategy in the cow herd (Martin)


BCS Calving Difficulty

Body Condition Score (BCS) goals, strategies, effects (Larson)

Energy Values of Feeds – Interpreting a Lab Analysis

Net energy, total digestible nutrients; NEm vs. NEg (Fanning)


Using Nutrition as a Tool to Improve AI and ET Success

Balancing diet protein for reproductive technology success, BCS (Larson)

Stretch the Cow’s Live as Long as Possible

Economics for heifer replacement, sound rations/mineral programs (Prawl)

Four Silage Management Opportunities in 2011

Silage density, techniques/economics if sealing, effects of spoiled silage, safety issues (Bolsen)


Influence of Processing and Grain Type On Starch Digestion

Energy and starch effects from processing (Owens)

Shade vs. Sprinklers vs. Misters

Management strategies to reduce extreme weather conditions (Mader)


Bedding Versus Extra Feed for Cattle Cold Stress Management

Bedding inclusion, economic effect (Mader)

Developing Marketable Bulls with Longevity in Mind

Bull development, rations, bull condition (Larson)


Have you thought about Zilmax?

Economic/performance benefits, results (GPLC)

Mineral Supplementation for the Gestating Cow

Energy utilization, vitamin/mineral effects, trace minerals (Miller)


Treatment, strategies, research, pen management (Martin)









Cull Cow Feeding and Management

Selection, pen/bunk management, gain (Larson)

Feeding Light Test Weight Grain

Ration inclusion, rolled corn comparison, research (Martin)


Young Bull Nutrition

Nutrition stages, transitions, BCS, development (Martin)


Implant strategies, benefits, considerations (Fanning)



Management tool for different phases of beef production (Martin)

Trace Mineral Nutrition

Different trace minerals and their advantages (Larson)


Limit Feeding

Implementation and benefits for different seasons, stages of production (Prawl)

Reproductive Problems Associated with Legume Forages

Phytoestrogen effects and balancing diets (Larson)


Grazing Small Grain Pastures Requires Mineral Supplementation

Economic return, essentials of mineral supplementation (Prawl)

Weaning and Receiving

Strategies, health, pen management, ionophores (Fanning)


Feeding Facility Design – Fighting Mud

Economic/performance effect of mud and proper building design (Larson)

Feeding Distillers Grains in Feedlot Diets Can Eliminate Need for Urea

Balancing diets with byproducts, DIP, protein (Prawl)









Winter Weather Effects on Nutrient Requirements of Cattle

Diet strategies, energy, effect of moisture, cold weather stress (Martin)

Cold Weather Management

Performance/economic loss due to mud, pen conditions, bunk management, bedding (Fanning)


Top Ten Feedlot Profitability Tips

Management strategies to increase returns (Fanning/Martin)

Top Ten Cow/Calf Profitability Tips

Management steps to improve conditions (Fanning/Martin)


Heifer Development

Adequate diet nutrients, dry lot, estrous synchronization (Larson)

Summer Heat and Keeping Cows Comfortable

Heat stress, milk production, strategies (Chapman)



Causes, prevention, rations (Fanning)


Strategies, economic effects, administration (Goehl)


Weaning Nutrition

Planning, receiving rations, dry matter intake, antibiotics, trace minerals (Martin)


Vaccine timing, value-added calves, sound start/management keys (Stegeman)


Winter Cow Management

BCS, nutrient requirements, gestational development (Larson)

Molds and Toxins

Byproducts, Aflatoxin, Zearalenone, Vomitoxin, Fumonisin, T-2, toxin binders (Fanning)









Animal Welfare Status in the U.S.

Husbandry practices, animal environment (Schneider)

Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cows – Why They Are Important and How They Change Throughout the Year

BCS, TDN, cost-effective diets (Martin)

Precision Minerals

Mineral research, different products (Fanning)


Distillers Grains in Heifer Development and Co Rations

Supplementing benefits, ADG, research, BCS (Martin)

Performance Differences due to Environmental Condition

Windbreaks, weather stress, thermoneutral zone (Fanning)

Body Condition of the Mature Horse

General description, desired levels, assess (Schneider)


Energy is Not a Nutrient

Estimation of performance, lab analysis, ADF, byproducts, digestion (Fanning)

Finishing Technologies

Benefits/returns of implants, feed additives, metabolic modifiers, ionophores (Martin)


The Effects of Diet Particle Size on Animal Performance

Grain composition, feed utilization, effects (Schneider)

Heat Stress

Pen management, environment, bunk management strategies (Fanning)

Trace Minerals in Cattle Health

Importance of trace minerals, health maintenance, chelated minerals (Martin)


Benchmarking as a Tool for Swine Producers

Goals, sow management, economic returns (Schneider)

Successfully Weaning and Starting Calves in the Feedlot

Pen conditions, health management, diets, treatment strategies (Martin)

Corn Silage; When is it ready and how should it be chopped?

Harvest timing, processing/ensiling, crop stages, lab analysis (Chapman)


Dry Matter Intake

Understanding Dry Matter Intake (DMI), calculations, factors, bunk management, performance (Fanning/Martin)

Don’t Leave Out the Extra Nutrients with Feed Additives

Not cutting corners, organic acids (Schneider)









Phosphorus Supplementation for Beef Cattle

Importance, requirements and the proper levels, environmental concerns (Martin)

Feeding the Gestating Sow

Increasing productivity, sow replacement, rebreeding (Schneider)

Feeding Crop Residue

Forage requirements, inclusion, cow BCS, bunk management (Fanning)


500 S. 4th St.
P.O. Box 377  |  Eagle, NE 68347
Office (402) 781-9378
Fax (402) 781-9379