Beef Update

January 2023

Happy New Year!

In this Beef Update newsletter, you will find:

  • 2023 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report
  • Farm & Ranch Lease Considerations for 2023
  • Farmers & Ranchers Cow/Calf College
  • 2023 Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings
  • Beef Feedlot Roundtables
  • Calculating Annual Cow Costs Webinar Series
  • Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference
  • Mental Health Resources
  • USDA Disaster Assistance
  • 2023 Land Application Trainings

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous year with plentiful precipitation!

2023 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report

Highlights of recent beef cattle research conducted at the University of Nebraska.

2023 Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings

Upcoming training dates and locations for private applicator certification.

Calculating Annual Cow Costs Webinar Series

Knowing annual cow costs is the foundation for evaluating and making management decisions that can improve profitability for a cow-calf enterprise. Significant increases in input costs are challenging producers to examine cost of production and identify where there may be opportunities to adjust the production system.

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a webinar series on Thursday evenings in late January and February that will explain the fundamentals of knowing and calculating annual cow costs. Dates will be January 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. CT.

Cost is $60 per person and includes a resource workbook. The course will be limited to 30 participants. To register go to Registration is requested by Jan. 12 to ensure pre-meeting preparation material is available to participants.

For questions about the webinar series or for more information, please contact Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator at 308-235-3122 or

Mental Health Resources

Many mental health resources exist to help those in the agricultural community.

USDA Reminds Livestock Producers of Assistance Available for Those Impacted by Recent Adverse Weather

Producers who suffered livestock losses due to the recent adverse weather may be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to an adverse weather event, which can include blizzards and extreme cold, among other weather events, or reduced sale prices for owned livestock due to injury from an eligible loss condition. The payment rate is based on 75 percent of the average fair market value of the livestock.

A livestock producer must file a Notice of Loss within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is first apparent. For 2022 losses, producers also must file an application for payment by March 1, 2023.

Livestock producers must provide evidence that the death of livestock was due to an eligible adverse weather event or loss condition. In addition, livestock producers should bring supporting evidence, including documentation of the number and kind of livestock that died, photographs or video records to document the loss, purchase records, veterinarian records, production records, and other similar documents. Owners who sold injured livestock for a reduced price because the livestock was injured due to an adverse weather event must provide verifiable evidence of the reduced sale of the livestock.

Producers should contact their local FSA office for additional program details, to submit a Notice of Loss, and to apply for LIP benefits.
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