Beef Update

April 2021

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Happy Spring!

In this Beef Update newsletter, you will find:

  • 2021 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Webinar Recordings
  • Nebraska Ranch Practicum
  • Beef Quality Assurance Trainings
  • Nebraska Range Short Course
  • Multi-Species Grazing Resources
  • Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest & Beef Advocacy Training
  • Tailgate Talk - Prescribed Burning of Pasture


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance with ration development. Hope you and your family have a Happy Easter!

Registration Open for 2021 Nebraska Ranch Practicum

Ranchers interested in learning about the latest cutting-edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are encouraged to register for the 2021 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.


The practicum will be held June 7 and 8, July 8, September 1 and 2, and November 4, 2021, and January 12 and 13, 2022. Classroom activities will open and close the practicum in North Platte with the remainder of the classes conducted at the university’s Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, a working ranch with education and research facilities, near Whitman.


The registration fee is $675. The fee for a spouse is an additional $350. Registration covers educational materials, noon meals and breaks. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses. To register, submit a completed application and registration fee by May 3. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 21. Refunds will be issued if space is not available. To learn more or register, visit https://nebraskaranchpracticum.unl.edu/ or contact Troy Walz at 308-872-6831 or troy.walz@unl.edu.

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Nebraska Range Short Course

The Nebraska Range Short Course is scheduled for June 21 to 24, 2021 on the campus of Chadron State College. The short course is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chadron State College, and the Nebraska Section of the Society for Range Management. It is designed to provide individuals who have a background in ranch, natural resource, or wildlife management an opportunity to increase their knowledge in many topics associated with the field of range management.


The short course can be taken for credit through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Chadron State College. Sixteen Continuing Education credits are available for the SRM “Certified Professional in Rangeland Management” program.


Applications are due May 15, 2021 and enrollment is limited to 25 participants. The registration fee of $325 includes educational materials, transportation associated with field trips during the week, and lunches.


Contact Mitch Stephenson (mstephenson@unl.edu, 308-632-1355) if you have questions. The short course website is https://agronomy.unl.edu/nebraskarangeshortcourse.

Multi-Species Grazing Resources

Considering co-grazing sheep or goats with cattle? Check out the Multi-Species Grazing page.

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