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Posted on: May 3, 2021

U of M Extension Hosting 6-Part Seminar Aimed at Beef Producers

University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a six-part webinar series titled: Summer Beef Essentials Webinar Series. Zoom meetings will be held on May 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 and 27 from 8-9 p.m. This webinar series will focus on different considerations to prepare for parasite and fly control, summer stressors on the cow herd, pasture and weed management, and practices to help producers extend the grazing season. Farmers, 4-H members, ag business professionals who work with farmers, and those interested in beef cows are invited to attend.

May 10: Internal Parasite Control

Topics to be discussed: Control strategies for pasture cattle with consideration for preventing resistance. The who, what, and when of treatment will be discussed.

Speakers: Dr. Joe Armstrong DVM, Cattle Production Systems Extension Educator and Dana Adams, Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties Extension Educator

May 13: Summer Stressors Impacting Reproduction in Minnesota Beef Herds

Topics to be discussed: How heat, transportation, handling, and change in nutrition can all have an impact on performance and reproduction in the beef herd.

Speakers: Melissa Runck, Pipestone and Murray Counties Extension Educator and Brenda Miller, Todd County Extension Educator

May 17: Fly Control Strategies for Pasture

Topics to be discussed: The presence of flies on pastured cattle can have a significant impact on cattle health and performance. Dave Boxler will discuss the different species of flies that impact cattle and the control methods available to producers to manage them.

Speaker: Dave Boxler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator – Livestock Entomology

May 20: Managing Winter Feed Yards for Sustainable Use

Topics to be discussed: Management of winter feed yards, how to capture value in excess nutrients, manure removal in preparation for seeding, and goals of a designated “healing area”. Learn how to redevelop sod, establish new root mass, and when to change management systems to address issues. Will also discuss green-up versus weeds, perennials versus annuals, and impacts on calf health.

Speakers: Dr. Eric Mousel, Cow Calf Management Extension Educator and Troy Salzer, St. Louis County Extension Educator

May 24: Pasture and Fence Line Weed Control Management Strategies

Topics to be discussed: The implementation of chemical, mechanical, and cultural weed management practices to control persistent annual, biennial, perennial and woody species in pasture and fence line systems. We’ll also discuss the management of noxious weeks, and how to increase stocking rate through the utilization of intensive mob grazing.

Speaker: Tarah Young, Carlton County Extension Educator

May 27: Extending the Grazing Season

Topics to be discussed: Options to extend the grazing season through practices such as grazing cover crops and crop residues, use of stockpiled forages, perennial grass, standing corn, and millet. We’ll also discuss soil fertility recycling, improving forage utilization, how to utilize perennial grass to improve grazing distribution, and considerations for water access and fencing within crop fields.

Speakers: Dr. Eric Mousel, Cow Calf Management Extension Educator and Troy Salzer, St. Louis County Extension Educator

Pre-registration is required. Please register at by 5 p.m. the day before each event. You will receive a Zoom link following registration. You only have to register once and you will be registered for all subsequent webinars. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, you will receive the recordings for all the sessions via email at the end of the series. Any questions please contact Brenda Miller at

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