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Feeding for Optimal Production and Performance in Beef Cattle and Working Horses

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
McCook, North Platte, Valentine
Kathy Anderson, (402) 472-6414,
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension will host Feeding for Optimal Production and Performance in Beef Cattle and Working Horse workshop, 6-9 p.m., May 29-31, 2018. The workshop series will be held in three locations: May 29, at the Red Willow Fairgrounds, McCook, Neb.; May 30, at the Snyder Building, North Platte, Neb.; and ends May 31, at The Peppermill Restaurant, Valentine, Neb.

4-H and FFA members, beef producers, and horse owners of all types should check out this new workshop series.

Speakers will be Karla Jenkins, Cow/Calf Specialist for the University of Nebraska at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff and Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension Horse Specialist., Lincoln, Neb.

“So many horses have a variety of jobs, from daily ranch or feedlot work and then heading off to a jackpot, rodeo or show. It is essential that horse owners focus on a consistent feeding plan to get the most from these working horses while avoiding problems such as colic,” Anderson said.

In addition to some great basic information, this will help youth who are working to complete Levels 2 and 3 of the 4-H Horse Project Advancement Levels program.”

“From the cattle standpoint, we know that overfeeding cattle is expensive and open cows are too. So discovering a balance with your feeding program for cows in production enhances profitability,” Jenkins said.

“Also for 4-H youth, finished condition is the 2nd top priority for the market beef class in 4-H. You’ll get some important tips to safely get your beef projects show ready.”

Topics include:
• Evaluating Feed Costs in the Cowherd – Providing the Right Feed at the Right Stage of Production is Critical for Optimal Performance – Cows vs. Heifers, Gestation vs. Lactation
• Moving Cattle from Forages to Grain – How to feed a beef project to be market ready by fair –
4-H and FFA students – come learn how the ruminant animal is adapted to a grain diet and why
• Is your project horse eating what it needs?
• Maximizing your working horses with sound feeding and management – We will address best practices for the everyday working horse plus hauling down the road for all types of competition.

The cost per person is $10, which includes dinner. Please RSVP for meal count, but walk-ins are always welcome.

You can RSVP at:
McCook, May 29
• Red Willow Fairgrounds, 4-H building (1400 W 5th Street, McCook, NE)
• RSVP to Red Willow County Extension 308-345-3390,
North Platte, May 30
• Snyder Bldg. Classroom 402 W. State Farm Road (west of the West Central Research and Extension Center).
• RSVP to Lincoln County Extension office by May 25 (308) 532-2683,

Valentine, May 31
• The Peppermill Restaurant, 502 East Highway 20 Valentine, NE 69201
• RSVP to Cherry County Extension office by May 29 (402) 376-1850,

For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 402-472-6414 or or Karla Jenkins at 308-632-1245 or

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