Department of Animal Science



Date of this Version



2018 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. University of Nebraska Extension MP105. Lincoln, NE.


© 2017 The Board Regents of the University of Nebraska.

Produced by the Animal Science Department, Agricultural Research Division, and University of Nebraska Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.



Cow/Calf: Analyses of Birthdate and Growth in Beef Heifers Categorized by Puberty and Pregnancy Status • Letrozole: A Steroid-Free Estrous Synchronization Method • Comparison of Two Alternate Prostaglandin Products in Yearling Beef Heifers • Impact of Pre-and Postpartum Nutrition on March-calving Cow and Progeny Productivity • Effects of Late Gestation Supplementation, Synchronization, and Creep Feeding in a Spring Calving Beef Herd in the Nebraska Sandhills • Effect of Supplementation during the Breeding Season on a May-calving Herd in the Nebraska Sandhills • Impact of Winter Supplementation of May Calving Cows and Heifer Development System in Two Different Breeding Seasons on Subsequent Growth and Reproduction • Chopped Sugar Beets as a Component of Beef Cow Diets • Effects of Production System on Cow and Calf Performance • Effect of Injectable Trace Mineral on Reproductive Performance in Beef Heifers

Growing: Steer Performance Grazing Corn Residue and Supplemented with Modified Distillers Grains plus Solubles with or without Urea • Supplementing Rumen Undegradable Protein to Grazing Cattle • Effect of Backgrounding System on Performance and Profitability of Yearling Beef Steers • Evaluation of Corn Distillers Solubles on Growing Steer Performance • Evaluation of Brown Midrib Corn Silage for Growing and Backgrounding Beef Steers • Nutrient Digestibility and Fermentation of Brown Midrib Corn Fed to Growing Beef Steers • Rumen Undegradable Protein Content and Digestibility of Corn Silage and High-moisture Corn • Impact of Intake on Methane Production in Growing Steers

Forage and Residue Resource Management: The Effect of Harvest Method and Ammoniation of Corn Residue on Growing Calf Performance • Late Summer Planted Oat-Brassica Forage Quality Change during Winter Grazing • The Effect of Inoculants on Nutrient Losses of Corn Silage and High-moisture Corn Stored in PVC Mini Silos • Effect of Continuous or Rotational Grazing on Growing Steer Performance and Land Production • Evaluating Methods of Estimating Forage Intake by Grazing Cattle

Animal Behavior and Management: Effects of Movement and Activity Behavior in a Pasture System Compared to Time • Repeated Calm Handling Can Lead to More Docile Cattle • Experience Improves the Reliability of Subjective Measurements of Temperament in Beef Cattle • Evaluation of Several Insecticide Delivery Methods for Managing Horn Flies (Haematobia irritans, Diptera: Muscidae) on Nebraska Pastured Cattle

Finishing: Evaluation of Corn Silage Hybrids with the Brown Midrib Trait and Silage Inclusion for Finishing Cattle • Effects of Kernel Processing at Harvest of Brown Midrib Corn Silage on Finishing Performance of Steers • Impact of Syngenta Enogen Feed Corn on Finishing Cattle Performance and Carcass Characteristics • Evaluation of Corn Distillers Solubles on Finishing Steer Performance • Evaluation of Protein from Distillers Grains in Finishing Diets on Nutrient Digestibility • Impact of Corn Oil Removal from Modified Distillers Grains Plus Solubles and Supplemental Corn Oil on Finishing Cattle Performance • Impact of Feeding Distillers Grains with or without Oil Removal as well as Supplemental Corn Oil on Nutrient Digestibility by Finishing Cattle • Impact of Ramackers Immune Primer on Finishing Beef Cattle Performance and Liver Abscess Rate • Evaluation of Revalor-XH for beef heifers fed different days on feed • Effect of Revalor-XR and Revalor-XH on Heifer Performance and Carcass Characteristics • Effects of Production System and Post-weaning Management on Finishing Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Steer and Heifer Calves

Beef Products: Production of High-quality Beef–The Nebraska Advantage • Shelf Life of Ground Beef from Cattle Fed Distillers Grains Containing Different Amounts of Oil • Using a Cured Meat Model System to Investigate Factors that Influence Cured Color Development • Effect of Myoglobin State on Color Stability of High Pressure Processed Ground Beef • Effect of Ingredients and Packaging on Color of High Pressure Processed Ground Beef • Antimicrobial Interventions and Application Time Effects on Ground Beef Quality • The Relationship between Marbling, Superoxide Dismutase, and Beef Tenderness • Potential Errors in Determination of Longissimus Muscle Area in Carcasses from Heifers Fed with or without Zilpaterol Hydrochloride • Impact of Dietary Fat Source on Beef Display Life

Explanation of Statistics: Statistics Used in the Nebraska Beef Report and Their Purpose