Nobody really wants to dwell on the drought, but for Nebraska's cattle producer it's a must to keep up with management with drought in mind.
The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College "Partners in Progress--Beef Seminar" will focus on recovering from the 2012 drought and preparing for a potential repeat of the drought this year.
It will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center Jan. with registration starting at 9 a.m. The program is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's Farmers and Ranchers College. There is no cost for the event.
The seminar includes experts in climate, forages, economics, animal nutrition and reproduction. It is designed to provide information that should help cattlemen in planning for the upcoming year.
The event opens with John Pollak, director of MARC, who will give a short overview on research occurring at the Meat Animal Research Center.
Other speakers are Allan Vyhnalek, UNL Extension educator who will cover hay, stalk and pasture costs for 2013, and Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, who will cover forage planning for 2013.
At noon Aaron Stalker, UNL beef range systems specialist, will address cornstalk grazing considerations for beef producers and corn farmers.
In light of current feed costs, many producers are looking at options and strategies for replacement heifer development in the months ahead. Rick Funston, UNL beef reproductive physiology specialist, will address that topic with his presentation on "Cost Effective Replacement Heifer Development."
Dr. Al Dutcher, UNL state climatologist, will give his take on the "Potential for 2013 Drought: Weather Update."
All speakers will then join on stage to pull everything together, give their final thoughts and considerations and then take questions from the attendees.
Call 402-746-3417 for more information.
You can email your registration to Dewey Lienemann at: firstname.lastname@example.org