Feeding Livestock Drought-Damaged Crops

Tips for Grazing Drought-Stressed Standing Corn, how to allot and fence feeding area, safely transition cows, and use limit-feeding.

Utilization of Weather-Stressed Feedstuffs in Swine Diets, a National Swine Nutrition Guide from the U.S. Pork Center

Market Journal (MJ), December 14, 2012

Cow Leasing
   Cow leasing may give cattle producers an option to feed cattle on non-damaged pastures. In the MJ segment below, Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, explains other ways cow leasing may be used, and the benefits and drawbacks of agreements.

Pasture Planning
   In the second MJ segment below, Dennis Bauer, UNL Extension educator, says the winter months are a good time for cattle producers to develop their drought management plans.

How Nitrates Affect Cattle

Ag Almanac Recordings

Recorded: October 16, 2012
Preparing Cattle for Winter
With the drought difficulties this year, beef producers have been weaning calves and preg checking early to prevent feed shortages. Richard Randle, UNL Extension Beef Veterinarian.
TRT: 4:25
 

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Recorded: Sept. 18, 2012
Drought Impact on Horses
The drought has impacted all forms of animal agriculture, including horses. The increased price of hay will have varied effects on horse care. Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension Horse Specialist
TRT: 4:40

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Audio Recorded:  July 25, 2012
Pig Feed Alternatives
The drought has driven up corn and soybean prices and caused input prices to increase for hog producers. Producers should look into different feed alternatives to keep their input prices down. Duane Reese, UNL Extension Swine Specialist. TRT: 4:23

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Audio Recorded: July 16, 2012
Beef Cow Management Options During Drought
Beef cow management options during include early weaning of calves, culling and alternative feed sources. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension Beef Specialist.

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Audio Recorded: July 2, 2012
Drought Management Options for Cattle Producers
With the dry conditions throughout the state, producers are looking for ways to manage cattle differently to extend the life of pastures. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension Beef Range Systems Specialist.

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Audio Recorded: June 19, 2012
Beef Cow Management Tips During Drought
Effective herd management during drought can help producers make the most of limited forages. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension Beef Specialist.

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Drought Strategies for Beef

With drought conditions extending through most of Nebraska, management strategies for the cow herd need to be continually reviewed.

UNL Extension Beef’s website discusses these options with multiple resources including three 30-minute webinars:

Timely and In-depth Extension Coverage

Drought and drought-related topics also can be found on:

Articles

Additional Resources