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Beef short-courses give cow-calf producers valuable information

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2010-11 Beef Short-Course program, “Staying Competitive in an Ever-Changing Beef Cow-Calf Industry,” will be broadcast on NET 2 in December and January.

Each session will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and Jan. 13, 20 and 27. Each presentation will end at 8 p.m. and be followed by a question and answer session.

The short-course series is designed to help cow-calf producers remain competitive in an industry that is constantly changing.

“The cow-calf enterprise is a complex production system,” Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist. “For producers to be competitive, they need to integrate human, financial and feed resources in their operation.”

Rasby said the programs will help producers integrate resources and increase the profit potential of their cow-calf enterprise.

The Dec. 16 session will focus on “Animal Identification and Using Ear Tag Technology as a Management Tool.” Presenters during this session will be Rasby, Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Lynn Gordon, producers Mark and Bonnie Wagner and Midwest Microsystems’ Tim Davis.

The session on Jan. 13 will cover “Working with Your Banker in Tough Economic Times: What to Include and how to Get Your Financial Portfolio Ready.”

“Optimum Cow Size: Matching Cow Size and Milk Production and Your Resources” will be one of two topics covered Jan. 20 with Rasby and Matt Spangler, UNL Extension beef cattle specialist. The other topic is “Getting Your Bull’s Battery Ready for the Breeding Season.”

The final session on Jan. 27 with Rick Funston, UNL Extension beef cattle reproductive physiologist, will focus on “Managing Calving Interval and Its Impact on Profit Potential” along with “Estrous Synchronization Protocols for Beef Cows and Heifers.”

To get involved with the question and answer sessions, call 1-800-562-1576 or (402) 472-0638 on the nights of the sessions.

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