Beef Update

September 2022

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In this Beef Update newsletter, you will find:

  • Drought Management Planning Resources
  • Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Now Accepting Applications
  • What to do with drought-stressed corn?
  • Hay Probe & Feed Sample Bags Available at Extension Office
  • Managing Cattle for Profit Workshop
  • Input Needed on Small Grains Silage Production & Management
  • Herd That! Conference
  • Fall & Winter BQA/BQAT Trainings
  • 2022 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Report
  • FSA Drought & Emergency Relief Programs
  • Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium

It is good to be back! I have been busy formulating calf and cow rations with the on-going dry conditions. If you have any questions regarding feeding options, nitrate levels in forages, or anything else cattle related, please don't hesitate to reach out. Meanwhile, I will continue to pray for rain!

Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Now Accepting Applications

The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund announced they are now accepting applications for aid until September 30, 2022, from beef cattle producers who were affected by all fires reported through the Nebraska Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Watch Center. An eligible recipient is a livestock operator located in a county or tribal area where state assistance was deployed by NEMA. Membership with Nebraska Cattlemen is NOT required for an applicant to receive relief. Visit to apply.

What to do with drought-stressed corn?

Drought-stressed corn can be utilized in several ways with careful management and care in feeding. Read more for some alternatives and considerations when grain harvest won’t be a viable option.

Hay Probe & Feed Sample Bags Available at Extension Office

With current feed prices and the majority of the state experiencing dry conditions, it is important to test forages for nitrate levels and to get an accurate understanding of the feeding value. If you are in need of a hay probe and sample bags, contact your local Extension Office or Beef Educator. See the NebGuide, Sampling Feeds for Analyses, for proper sampling guidelines.
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Input Needed on Small Grains Silage Production & Management

Do you make small grain silage or are you interested in doing so in the future? If so, please take this 10-minute survey. We want to understand how to better assist you with small grain silage production and management. To do so, we want to understand the practices, goals and issues of those that are currently making small grain silage as well as better understand the goals and questions of those that are considering making small grain silage in the future. The information gathered will be used to help us develop relevant educational information and plan research to meet your needs.

Fall & Winter BQA/BQAT Trainings

Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) will be holding trainings across the state this fall to certify/recertify producers in BQA and BQA Transportation (BQAT). BQA and BQAT certification is valid for three years. The certification fee is $20/person or a flat fee of $100 for operations who bring 5+ people. The fall BQA and BQAT certification event schedule is as follows:

· Lexington, October 4 @ 10am; Dawson Co. Extension Office

· Geneva, October 5 @ 10am Fillmore Co. Fairgrounds

· Columbus, October 6 @ 10am; Ag Park

· O’Neill, October 7 @ 10am; Holt Co. Extension Office

· Bridgeport, October 7 @ 6pm; Prairie Winds Community Center

· Norfolk, December 12 @ 5pm; Norfolk Extension Office

· Beatrice, December 13 @ 10am; Gage Co. Extension Office

· St. Paul, December 13 @ 4pm; Civic Center

· McCook, December 14 @ 10am; Red Willow Co. Fairgrounds

· Thedford, December 14 @ 5pm; Sandhills Corral

Attendees will need to register online at or by calling the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at 308-632-1230. Locations with no registered attendance will be canceled.

2022 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Report

This biennial publication reports on survey data gathered on custom operations and services in Nebraska, providing updated market rates and information for custom work providers and their potential customers.

FSA Drought & Emergency Relief Programs

  • Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP): This program provides financial assistance to livestock producers who have grazing land that has been impacted by drought. Producers must have eligible grazing livestock and eligible grazing land (so either own or have a risk in each).
  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP): This program is available to qualified producers who have suffered above normal expenses for hauling feed or water to livestock or hauling livestock to new forage/grazing acres due to the impacts of drought. This program has the same triggers as LFP above, therefore the same counties in Nebraska have triggered for ELAP. Please note, producers interested in this program must contact their county FSA office within 30 days of when they become aware of a “loss” that can be covered by this program, so as soon as they identify the need to haul supplemental feed or water, they should contact their county FSA office.
  • Conservation Reserve Program emergency haying and grazing: Emergency grazing or haying of CRP may be authorized to provide forage relief to livestock producers in areas affected by drought. In Nebraska almost all counties have triggered for this program in 2022. Please note landowners must contact their county FSA office for approval before taking any action on their CRP acres.
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