The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College "Partners in Progress--Beef Seminar" will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
This program is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's Farmers and Ranchers College. This year's theme will center on recovering from the 2012 drought and preparing for the potential of a 2013 drought.
The seminar will have presentations on climate, forages, economics, animal nutrition and reproduction. It is designed to provide information that should help cattlemen in planning for the upcoming year.
Dr. John Pollak, director of MARC will begin the program with a short overview on research that is happening at the Meat Animal Research Center. He will be followed by Allan Vyhnalek, UNL Extension educator who will present: "Hay, Stalks, & Pastures: Costs & Considerations for 2013" which will give information on values, rental rates and considerations for coming out of a drought and possibly going into another.
Next will be Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, who will give producers information on "Forage Planning for the Possible 2013 Drought." This could be critical as beef producers face a shortage of pasture and now hay and other forages in 2012 and preparing for 2013.
Aaron Stalker, UNL beef range systems specialist, will provide two concurrent presentations on: "Corn Stalk Grazing: Values to Cattle Producers and Corn Farmers." Also in the rotation will be a chance to see and hear about the new "New UNL Beef Body Condition Scoring App" developed by Rick Rasby and ready for distribution.
The afternoon starts with Rick Funston, UNL beef reproductive physiology specialist. In light of current feed costs, many producers are looking at options and strategies for replacement heifer development in the months ahead. It may be advantageous to benefit from what Funston has learned in research on "Cost Effective Replacement Heifer Development."
He will be followed by Al Dutcher, UNL state climatologist, who will give his take on the "Potential for 2013 Drought: Weather Update."
All presenters will then join on stage to pull everything together, give their final thoughts and considerations and then avail themselves for a coffee-shop style panel discussion during which cattlemen can ask questions and get answers on topic questions that came to them during the day's sessions.
Any beef producer or other interested individual should pre-register by noon Jan. 18 by calling 402-746-3417 to insure a seat, lunch and proceedings for the day.
There is no cost for the event. You may also email your registration to Dewey Lienemann at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information may be found at the Webster County UNL Extension site.