Beef Update

May 2021

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Happy Beef Month!

In this Beef Update newsletter, you will find:

  • New NebGuide - Breeding Bull Management
  • Seeking Producer Participation in Small Grain Ensiling Study
  • Beef Quality Assurance Trainings
  • Nebraska Range Short Course
  • Join Our Team - Beef Educator Positions Available
  • Tailgate Talk - Spring Branding Preparation

May is National Beef Month, which is a great opportunity to celebrate the beef state! Thank you to all the ranchers who work hard every day to provide quality care for their cattle, practice stewardship of the land, and produce a wholesome, nutritious beef product for consumers. Happy National Beef Month!

New NebGuide - Breeding Bull Management

Learn more on maintaining body condition, nutritional needs, evaluating fertility, managing social dominance, providing proper female:bull ratios, caring for the bull in the “off season”, and more in this new NebGuide.

Seeking Producer Participation in Small Grain Ensiling Study

Do you put up small grain silage such as oatlage, wheatlage, sorghum silage, etc.? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Department is seeking producers to participate in a small grain silage study to learn more about how small grain silage is currently being made and further evaluate the impact of production practices on feeding value. Participating producers would be asked to answer a series of questions about their production practices and share their experience in a podcast recording if interested (not required). I would work with you to collect samples during harvest and two weeks after starting to feed out the silage. If you are interested in contributing to this study, please contact me at or (308) 268-3105.
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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 (, 308-632-1355) if you have questions. The short course website is

Two Full-Time Faculty Positions Available

Nebraska Extension currently has two full-time Beef Educator positions available - one located in Valentine and one located in Red Cloud, NE. Review of applications will begin May 7 for the Cherry County position and May 14 for the Webster County position. Visit for more information and to apply!
Spring Branding Preparation
Don't miss next week's special segment in celebration of National Beef Month and the one year anniversary of Tailgate Talks!
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