Cow-calf Management with Limited Pasture

Published on Monday, 20 November 2017 20:06
Written by thenebraskasigna

By Brandy

Cow-calf Management
with Limited Pasture
In a joint effort, Kansas and Nebraska Extension are hosting a 3-meeting series to address some possible options to help maintain cattle inventory with limited perennial pastures. Topics at these meeting will include confined cow feeding and management, usage of corn residue, cover crops and annual forages systems. All of the programs will start at 6:30 p.m. and the ones for us will be held on December 12, 2017 at the Helvering Center in Marysville, KS. Please RSVP to Anastasia Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-562-3531. The second meeting will be held December 13, 2017 at the Blue Hill Community Center  in Blue Hill, NE. To attend, please RSVP to Brad Schick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-746-3417. 
Dinner will be provided and there is no cost to attend; however please RSVP to the respective contacts by December 8, 2017 for an accurate meal count. Speakers for the event include extension specialists from Kansas State University and University of Nebraska.
Dr. Mary Drewnoski is a Beef Specialist with UNL based in Lincoln. She will be speaking about “Thinking outside the box: economical forage options”. Drewnoski is part of an interdisciplinary team evaluating Economical Systems for Integrated Crop and Livestock Production in Nebraska.  
Dr. Jaymelynn Farney, Beef Systems Specialist with Kansas State University, will discuss “The dos and don’ts of cover crop (annual forages) grazing – from a livestock perspective”. Farney is housed in the Southeast Research and Extension Center in Parsons, KS where she spends her time working on research and outreach for practical cattle management.  
“Confinement cow feeding – the science and the art” is the title of Dr. Karla Jenkins talk. Jenkins is a cow/calf specialist for UNL housed at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, NE. Her research program includes finding more efficient and economical ways to produce beef cattle while sustaining the range resource.  
I’d like to introduce beef producers to Brad Schick who is the new Extension Educator in Beef Systems based in Webster County and serving the counties of Kearney, Franklin, Adams, Webster, Clay, Nuckolls, Fillmore, and Thayer. He is originally from the Meadow Grove and Battle Creek area in northeast Nebraska and grew up raising primarily corn, soybeans, and some livestock. He attended Concordia University in Seward, NE and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology and minored in chemistry and physical science. Following graduation, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a Master’s degree in Range and Forage Management. He held positions as a Research Manager and Technician and worked in southern Iowa, Lincoln and Mead, NE before accepting his position at Webster County Extension. During graduate school and while working as a Research Manager and Technician, he worked in rangelands, mixed pasture, ruminant nutrition, as well as crop and cover crop areas, and grassland restoration. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (402) 746-3417.
Thanksgiving Resources
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and if you need any great information on preparing the meal for Thanksgiving, food safety tips or recipe ideas on what to do with leftovers, don’t forget to check out Nebraska Extension’s website.