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Cattlemen’s Update

Cattlemen’s Update is University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.

Issue:

The Cattlemen’s Update program includes current beef cattle production management issues in the Great Basin region that affect profitability and product quality. The annual subject matter is based on a needs assessment of Nevada beef cattle producers and on concerns and trends expressed by the leaders of the beef cattle industry nationwide. The mission is to continue providing new and topical information for beef cattle producers. In 2008, the program addressed the effect of Congress’ mandate for ethanol production, which calls for converting corn to bio-fuel — something that has had an enormous negative economic impact on the nation’s livestock industry.

What Has Been Done:

A series of meetings were held during a five-day span in January 2008 in six locations across Nevada, as well as interactive video connections at additional sites. UNCE faculty educated hundreds of Nevada beef producers in these sessions on the impact of ethanol, and brought to them information on how to utilize dried distillers grains in beef cattle rations. Cooperative Extension faculty and local veterinarians discussed cattle disease risk management and other issues of local concern.

Two years ago, the program topics addressed current beef cattle production management issues in the Great Basin region affecting profitability and product quality.

Many new ideas for the ranching industry have been put forth over the last few years, with new concepts and practices adopted as a result of the Cattlemen’s Update program. After its debut in 2002, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), a quality and safe food program, continues to be highlighted in Cattlemen’s Update.

Overall, Participation has grown from 150 people statewide in 1984 to 495 people in 2008. Funding has grown from no financial support in 1984 to more than $20,000 in private, UNCE and Risk Management Agency support in 2008.

Impact:

A post-program survey found that 96 percent of respondents stated that the program’s value outweighed the costs of attending it; 72 percent felt that the workshop was helpful or very helpful; and 31 percent felt they would incorporate a great deal of what they learned at the workshop into their current operation or job.

Six months after the workshop, seminar participants were mailed a follow-up evaluation to determine how useful the information received at the workshop had been to them, and how much they incorporated into their operation/job. Sixty-two percent of the respondents said that they have incorporated a good deal of the information they received in the workshop in their current operation/job, with 33 percent stating that they have incorporated at least some of the information. Sixty-six percent have implemented the production techniques (low stress livestock handling techniques, corral system evaluation, technique education for ranch employees, etc.) gained from attending the Cattlemen’s Update Workshop in their operation. Overall, respondents claimed they had a better understanding of cattle management as well as animal health, with many stating that their operation was now an easier place to work due to their improved handling techniques. Also, several respondents stated that their profits had increased since the seminar, with one stating this increase was as high as 10 percent.

Partners:

USDA Risk Management Agency, Pfizer Animal Health, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Intermountain Farmer’s Association, Walco International, Pinenut Livestock Supply, Ron’s Seed and Supply, American AgCredit, Neff Mill, Snyder Livestock, Intermountain Beef Producers, Invesco Animal Health, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Norvartis Animal Health, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Lahontan Valley Veterinary Clinic and Churchill and Humboldt County CattleWomen

Printable Program Impact

Programs Program Information

Capacity Building for Healthy Communities

Capacity building strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission to have a positive impact on communities. Strategic thinking, visioning, action planning, and board development are capacity building activities.

Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money

Nevada agriculture specialists have taken the traditional producer coffee-shop discussions into cyberspace. Cooperative Extension’s coffee shop is a national subscription email designed to provide a two-way communication network for livestock producers. The question-and-answer service provides answers to livestock production and marketing questions.

Collaborative Resource Stewardship improves rangeland management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has helped lead Collaborative Resource Stewardship (CRS) efforts in northeastern Nevada over the past seven years, resulting in a model for other states and areas.

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS)

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS) is a compilation of evidence-based engagement and assessment tools that is used to audit and map community environmental features that support and/or hinder healthful eating and physical activity among community members. The MAPPS method integrates photography, participatory community mapping using global positioning system (GPS) technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions of their community. HEAL MAPPS engages people in community-based participatory research to document attributes of the rural community environment that are perceived by residents as obesity preventing or promoting and assess the local resources and readiness to implement community-level obesity prevention strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain/overweight and obesity among children and their families.

Heart and Shield

Parents and children who have experienced domestic violence in the past participate in hands-on activities to foster family bonds, enhance communication and problem solving skills, and focus on healthy relationships. Parents learn about their child’s development, parenting styles, guidance, coping skills and health and wellness while children and youth build friendships, listening and other social and emotional skills. Each session of the 12-week program includes a healthy snack or meal, separate parent and child meetings, family-based activities, a health and wellness tip and a closing activity. Parent interact with one another during the parent meetings through group discussions, role play and other experiential-based activities. Children and youth learn important skills through play, group discussions, theatre arts, games and other hands on activities.

Integrated Pest Management

Nevada Department of Agriculture’s records show the use of traditional pesticides continues to increase in the state. Nevada’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program helps agricultural producers, land managers; pest control operators, homeowners and other pest managers learn about and use alternative pest management strategies in a variety of environments and settings.

Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Child Maltreatment

Preventing child abuse and neglect is a high priority in Elko County. Child caregivers, youth workers, volunteers and anyone interested in learning what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect can attend this workshop. Participants learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, understand their reporting requirements and their role in preventing child maltreatment.

Nevada Range Management School

This University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program integrates sound science, collaboration and common sense to put public agency land managers, livestock permittees and other land users on the same page in terms of the range resource. It includes topics such as animal nutrition as related to range management.

Noxious Weed Control and Awareness Education

Noxious and invasive weeds are widespread throughout Nevada. They threaten agricultural and rangeland productivity. Rural counties are susceptible to significant adverse economic damage. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension education programs help individuals and weed control organization reduce the abundance of noxious weeds.

Project MAGIC

Project MAGIC is an innovative, collaborative program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society. While participating in the program, young people ages 12 to 18 learn: positive communication skills, team building, problem solving and decision making, self-responsibility, conflict resolution, aspiration building and goal setting. Youth also select and conduct a service project designed to benefit their community. Parent sessions include the same life skills.

Risk Management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

Sustainable Agricultural Practices

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension conducts several sustainable agriculture programs including researching alternative crops, introducing sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands, and increasing the number of pest control materials labeled in and increasing the knowledge and implementation rate of IPM practices in Nevada.

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Beef Quality Assurance
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Herds and Harvest
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management
Stronger Economies Together
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Weed Prevention and Management