Returning to the Ranch workshop, Dec. 16-17, Valentine, NE
We still have room for one or possibly two more families in the Returning to the Ranch workshop we have coming up next week.
Even though registrations were due last week, we can still get you in if you call today.
Once again, the workshop will be held on Monday, December 16th from 1 pm CT to 7 pm CT at the Valentine’s Niobrara Lodge. The workshop will continue on Tuesday, December 17th from 9 am CT to 3:30 pm CT. Farm Credit Services of America is sponsoring the workshop with us.
ABS/Zoetis Heifer Workshop, 4pm, Peppermill Restaurant, Valentine NE
Those of you who are planning to attend the Heifer development workshop this afternoon that’s being put on by ABS and Zoetis, need to be aware that the location has changed. It will now be held at the Peppermill rather than the sale barn as originally scheduled. It still starts at 4:00.
After the news of the devastation wrecked by the October winter storm in South Dakota and surrounding areas in Nebraska, I’m sure that some of you are wondering how the cattle in our area are faring in the wicked cold snap we’re experiencing now.
The answer is… not too bad, for the most part. They are definitely experiencing cold stress and are requiring a lot more feed to make up for the extra energy their body is using to keep warm.
Cattle in moderate body condition and dry winter hair coat have a lower critical temperature of about 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The amount of cold stress they experience is the lower critical temperature minus the wind chill index. The cow’s energy requirements increase about 1% for each degree of cold stress they experience.
So if, for example, the wind chill is 11 degrees below zero, then the cows experience 19 minus negative 11, or 30 degrees of cold stress. Which means the energy needs of the herd increases by about 30%.
So, while it is cold, the cows are able to compensate, but it takes a lot more feed.
If the cows were thin, or wet, or don’t have their winter hair coat then it would be a different story. Their lower critical temperature would be much higher and they would be experiencing much more stress. See Preparing the Cow Herd for Cold Weather on beef.unl.edu for more information.
As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information.