Calendar

Oct
3
Sat
4S Goat Expo Offers Educational Seminar, Show, and Sale
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

4S Goat Expo to Offer Seminar, Show, and Sale October 3rd and 4th at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5015 W Rodeo Road, North Platte Nebraska.  The seminar will start promptly at 10:00 AM on October 3rd.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Marketing Your Goat Herd – Randy Dusek, Lazy S-T Ranch San Angelo, TX
  • Managing Your Goat Pasture –Jack Arterburn, Extension Educator, Beef Systems Rushville, Nebraska
  • Developing a Breeding Program to Fit Your Operation, Randy Dusek, Lazy S-T Ranch San Angelo TX
  • Management Suggestions from Experienced Producers (Producers Panel)
  • Budgets for Nebraska Producers – Elliot Dennis, Assistant Professor of Livestock Marketing & Risk Management, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Youth Goat Judging Contest (Awards will be given to top youth in Junior and Senior Divisions)
  • Parasite Management – Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension Educator, North Platte Nebraska
  • Goat Show Judge is Randy Dusek, Lazy S-T Ranch, San Angelo TX.  Randy is a certified Boer Goat Judge.
  • Entries for the sale are due September 6

 

Goats will check-in Friday, October 2nd from 3:00 to 9:00 PM and Saturday, October 3rd before 8:00 AM with the seminar starting at 10:00 AM.  The show will start Sunday, October 4th at 8:00 AM for sale goats.  Afterwards, there will be a “show only” show.  The sale will start at 1:00 PM.  The program will be held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds located at 5015 W Rodeo Road, North Platte Nebraska.  This is the third year that there is a Showmanship contest for youth.

For more information contact Randy Saner at randy.saner@unl.edu or 308-532-2683 or by webpage at http://www.4sgoatexpo.com/  or by Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/s4goatexpo/

Oct
12
Mon
Dairy Margin Coverage Begins
Oct 12 all-day

Signup for 2021 DMC Coverage to Begin Oct. 12

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announces that Dairy Margin Coverage safety-net signup for 2021 coverage will begin Oct. 12 and will run through Dec. 11. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the program has already triggered payments for two months for producers who signed up for 2020 coverage.

As of June 15, FSA has issued more than $100 million in much-needed program benefits to dairy producers who purchased DMC coverage for this year.

Authorized by the 2018 farm bill, DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. Over 13,000 operations enrolled in the program for 2020.

For more information, visit farmers.gov DMC website or contact your local USDA service center.

Oct
13
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Oct
16
Fri
Kansas Sheep Association symposium
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day

HAYS, Kan. — The Kansas Sheep Symposium will be help October 16-17, 2020 in Hays, KS. This event is sponsored by the Kansas Sheep Association with cooperation from Kansas State University Extension.

Friday morning will start with a tour of nearby businesses and sheep farms. After a social and light meal the evening session leads off with a producer forum featuring three sheep operations giving short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The evening concludes with a Sheep Trivia game with awards given to the winning teams.

Saturday is a busy day with many speakers and industry updates. Topics include Grazing and Drought Preparedness, an update from Superior Farms, nutrition, youth sheep projects and the results of the 2020 KDA Sheep and Goat Survey.

Major sponsors of the event are Purina Feeds, Superior Farms and the Kansas Sheep Council.

For more information or to register go to the Kansas Sheep Association Facebook page or contact Matt Benz, KSA president at 701-870-4135 or Deb Simon, KSA State Executive at 785-754-2350.

Oct
28
Wed
Int’l Conf. on Pig Survivability
Oct 28 – Oct 29 all-day

The International Conference on Pig Survivability is planned for October 28 and 29 in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Hilton Omaha. The conference is part of the Improving Pig Survivability project, a five-year, interdisciplinary, multi-university project funded by the National Pork Board and Foundation for Food and Agriculture. It’s aimed at reducing mortality in the U.S. swine industry by 1% or more per year of the project.

Joel DeRouchey, swine extension specialist with Kansas State University, said the conference objective is to facilitate the discussion and dissemination of the most current information relative to sow, litter, weaned pig and grow-finish mortality.  Confirmed speakers and topics are:
    Dr. Lee Schulz, Iowa State University; economics of swine mortality
    Ron Ketchem, Swine Management Services, a division of MetaFarms; trends of U.S. swine survivability
    Dr. Bill Christianson, COO of Genus PIC; trends of international swine survivability
    Cassie Edgar, McKee, Voorhees, and Sease, PLC; advancing technology — regulatory, advocating, and future
    Gustavo Pizarro, DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Services; industry successes and failures in pre-weaning survivability
    Chris Rademacher, DVM, Iowa State University; industry successes and failures in post-weaning survivability
    Valerie Duttlinger, Chief Analytics Officer at Summit Smart Farms; finding the right people for the right jobs
    Sara Probst Miller, DVM, Ag Create Solutions president and creative director; effective training: what works and what does not
    Larry Coleman, DVM; keeping the urgency with employees
    Dr. Justin Ransom, senior director, Sustainable Food Strategy at Tyson Foods; social responsibility of pig survivability
    Dr. Fernando Bortolozzo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; breeding herd mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Dr. Kara Stewart, Purdue University; pre-weaning mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Deb Murray, DVM, New Fashion Pork; nursery mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Jim Pillen, DVM, Pillen Family Farms; finishing mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
    Bill Even, CEO National Pork Board; call to action
    Dr. Noel Williams, COO Iowa Select Farms, and Mike Tokach, Kansas State University; conference impressions: now, what should we do to capture value in academics and industry
    Numerous industry panels for interactive discussions

To learn more about the conference, visit https://www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/survivability/. Registration will open in May. To be notified when registration is open and to receive other updates from the Improving Pig Survivability project, subscribe to project updates at www.piglivability.org.

The Improving Pig Survivability project is organized as a collaborative effort by Iowa State University, Kansas State University and Purdue University.

Nov
10
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar

Dec
8
Tue
NE Ext Dairy Webinar series
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraska Dairy Extension is hosting a no fee dairy webinar the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am CDT.

Agenda – Date – Topic – Presenter
April 14 – Feed Efficiencies – shrink, wind loss, spoilage, etc. – Mike Brouk, Kansas State University
May 12 – Preparing for the evaluation: FARM 4.0 – Kim Clark, UNL
June 9 – Improving Cropland Resiliency, Making Manure Part of Fertility Planning – Amy Schmidt, UNL
July 14 – Nutritional Energetics – Logan Morris, UNL
August 11 – Value of Manure – Rick Koelsch, UNL
Sept. 8 – Mindful Manure Mgt: 5 Tips for Staying Safe During Manure Appl. Season – Amy Schmidt, UNL
October 13 – Can a Weather Forecast Reduce Neighbor Odor Exposure? – Rick Koelsch, UNL
November 10 – Does pelleting affect digestibility? – Kirby Krogstad, UNL
December 8 – Feeding strategies with low quality and quantity forages – Paul Kononoff, UNL

No registration is required. To join the webinar visit: go.unl.edu/dairywebinar