Herd That! Conference

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 Herd That! Conference

Sept. 21, 2022
Broken Bow, NE

One Box Convention Center: 2750 South 27th Avenue, Broken Bow, Nebraska,
and Custer County Fairgrounds


The Nebraska Women in Agriculture program, along with the Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Program, are excited to announce the second annual Herd That! Conference on Sept. 21, 2022, in Broken Bow, Nebraska. The Conference will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the One Box Convention Center and the Custer County Fairgrounds.  

The cattle handling demonstration will be one of the highlights of the program, along with the keynote speakers Courtenay Dehoff, #fancyladycowgirl, and ShayLe Stewart, DTN Livestock Analyst.

“We are thrilled to be bringing back the Herd That! Conference for women who raise livestock or work in the livestock sector,” said Jessica Groskopf, director of Nebraska Women in Agriculture. “Livestock production is vital to our state. This event will focus on giving women the knowledge, tools and skills they need to be successful in this facet of the agricultural industry. More importantly, it will provide participants the opportunity to expand their network.”

The one-day conference will bring a variety of speakers and topics for attendees to learn from. During the morning sessions at the One Box Convention Center, 2750 S. 27th St., participants will learn from industry experts as well as University of Nebraska Extension professionals. Topics will include market outlooks, livestock Insurance, veterinarian practices and more.

Dr. Ron Gill, a nationally renowned stockman from Texas A&M University, and Dr. Ruth Woiwode, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln animal behavior specialist, will finish off the conference with a live cattle handling demonstration. This portion of the event will take place at the Custer County Fairgrounds, 44100 Memorial Drive. During this activity, participants will learn about the importance and ease of low stress cattle handling and facility design.

“The way we handle our animals is more important than ever to our industry. As caregivers, we need to be sure we are handling our animals in the lowest stress- environment possible”, said Jesse Fulton, director of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance.

“Having Dr. Gill and Dr. Woiwode at this event is a unique chance for Nebraska producers to hear from industry leading experts on low stress cattle handling. Just because we are using cattle for the demonstration, doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions about other species. I hope every producer tries to join us for this exceptional opportunity”, said Fulton.

Registration for the event will open on July 25, 2022, on the Nebraska Women in Agriculture website, wia.unl.edu. The cost to attend is $75 for participants who register on or before Sept. 5. Registration increases to $90 on Sept. 6.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34694.

Registration Options
  • Pre-Conference  - $20 must be added to a conference registration 
  • Conference - $75 for participants who register on or before Sept. 5. Registration increases to $90 on Sept. 6. The Conference fee includes the Cattle Handling Demonstration. 
  • Cattle Handling Demonstration Only - $20 for participants who are only attending the cattle handling demonstration. 
Hotel Information
  • Cobblestone Hotel & Suites 
  • Address: 2750 S 27th Avenue, Broken Bow, NE 68822
  • Phone: (308) 767-2060
Herd That! Agenda

Agenda is subject to change 

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 - Pre Conference at the Custer County Fairgrounds, 44100 Memorial Drive

  • 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Farm/Ranch Transition Planning Session

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the One Box Convention Center, 2750 South 27th Avenue

  • 8:00 - 8:20 a.m. - Welcome with a Market Outlook Update from ShayLe Stewart DTN Livestock Analyst
  • 8: 30 - 9:30 a.m.  - Workshop Session 1
      1. Managing Drought Amid a Changing Cattle Cycle with ShayLe Stewart
      2. Chute Safety with Halden Clark, DVM
      3. Prescribed Fire: Benefits and Basics with Ryan Benjamin
  • 9:40 - 10:40 a.m.  - Workshop Session
      1. You Said Profits? with Elliott Dennis, Ph.D.
      2. Making the Most of Cull Cow Markets with Karla Wilke, Ph.D.
      3. Recognizing Manure’s Full Potential Value with Leslie Johnson
  • 10: 50 - 11:50 a.m.  - Workshop Session 3
      1. It Costs How Much? with Aaron Berger
      2. Designing Flexible Grazingland Leases with Jim Jansen
      3. Veterinary 911: What’s the Emergency? Lindsay Waechter-Mead, DVM
  • Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote Address by Courtenay DeHoff
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Cattle Handling Demonstration with Ron Gill and Ruth Woiwode at the Custer County Fairgrounds

Tuesday, September 20 at the Custer County Fairgrounds, 44100 Memorial Drive, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. This session costs an additional fee of $20. 

Ready to transition your operation to the next generation? Our pre-conference session will offer tools and strategies to effectively develop a transition plan for your farm or ranch. Extension Educator Allan Vyhnalek and Attorney Pamela Epp Olsen will discuss common mistakes, essential considerations, and tools available to farm and ranch families. Don’t miss this opportunity to start your transition journey.

Do you want to send your students, clients, or employees to this conference?

Let us create a customized Promo Code for you to help streamline the registration process. We can create a code to cover the full cost or a portion of a registration fee. After the event, we will invoice you! Email us at wia@unl.edu for more information.

Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education (CE) Credits

The 2022 Herd That! Conference will be offering Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education (CE) Credits to eligible participants. All veterinarians or veterinary technicians licensed in Nebraska are welcome. The following sessions have been approved for CE credits

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Workshop Session 1 Chute Safety with Halden Clark, DVM (1 Credit)
  • 10:50 - 11:50 a.m. Workshop Session 3 Veterinary 911: What’s the Emergency?Lindsay Waechter-Mead, DVM (1 Credit)
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m Cattle Handling Demonstration with Ron Gill, Ph.D. and Ruth Woiwode, Ph.D. (2 Credits)
Workshop DescriptionsWorkshop Session 1 - 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

  1. Managing Drought Amid a Changing Cattle Cycle ShayLe Stewart - Livestock Market Analyst, DTNSevere drought conditions have led thousands of U.S. cow-calf producers to cull their cowherds more aggressively than many would have liked over the last two years. But before determining what drought strategy to deploy, cattlemen need to understand where the cattle market sits in its current cycle. Understanding both the visible and invisible costs to destocking is crucial as the economic impact of drought-related destocking can affect a ranch for the next seven to ten years.
  2. Chute Safety Halden Clark, DVM - Health Stewardship Veterinarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln A veterinarian's perspective on several danger zones encountered while processing cattle through a chute and several methods intended to reduce risks to yourself and the people around you while working cattle in these systems.
  3. Prescribed Fire: Benefits and Basics Ryan Benjamin - Beef Systems Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Fire was a major factor in shaping the Great Plains grasslands, interacting with climate, and grazing animals. These fires attracted grazers, leaving unburned areas to accumulate fuel and eventually burn, effectively suppressing woody vegetation throughout the Great Plains. Prescribed burning is one of the cheapest tools for controlling eastern red cedar and is one way to create habitat for different wildlife species, increase herbage production and nutritive quality, and change plant species composition. In Nebraska, a permit is required to implement open range burning and requires a burn plan be submitted to the local fire chief. This plan is a valuable tool for preparing for a burn by addressing weather, equipment, and personnel needs for a burn. Like any fire prescribed burns can be dangerous and require experience and training to execute safely. Understanding the interaction between weather, fuels, and topography and their influence on fire behavior is essential to planning and conducting a prescribed burn.

Workshop Session 2 - 9:40 a.m.-10:40 a.m.

  1. You Said Profits? What Herding and Risk Management Have in Common… Elliott Dennis, Ph.D. Livestock Marketing Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Livestock requires constant management and attention … so does the financial position of your operation. Simple and easy-to-use risk management tools are introduced that are available to use for both small and large cow-calf and feedlots. We will also discuss when is the best time for operations to use these tools and recent government programs that pay you to use risk management tools. Wanting your operation to be viable now and in the next generation? Then this workshop is a must. Making the Most of Cull Cow Markets Karla Wilke, Ph.D. - Range Management Cow/Calf Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln About 20% of the gross income from a ranching operation comes from the sale of cull cows. Moreover, cow depreciation, which is often a hidden cost, is the second largest expense after feed for the cowherd. This presentation addresses managing cull cows to improve their salvage value, feeding and marketing options for cull cows, sale barn cull cow lingo, and how cull cows can fit into different operations with a variety of resources.
  2. Recognizing Manure’s Full Potential Value Leslie Johnson, Animal Manure Management Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - In this interactive workshop, participants will reveal manure’s full potential by discovering the $$ and intrinsic value. We will get our hands dirty to learn proper techniques for manure sampling for nutrient analysis, understand the results of said analysis, and discover how to determine manure application rate. Building on these concepts, participants will then be able to calculate the $$ value of manure nutrients on agricultural land and have talking points for selling the use of manure over commercial fertilizer by highlighting manure’s ability to build soil health. No actual manure will be used, keeping the smell to a minimum and the fun and learning at a maximum.

Workshop Session 3 - 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.

  1. Designing Flexible Grazingland Leases Jim Jansen - Agricultural Economist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Grazing land in Nebraska typically rents on a per acre or head basis. Renting for a fixed amount each grazing season does not allow for the rate to respond to weather conditions or market prices for livestock. Flexing grazing land rent to reflect changes in the weather, livestock prices, or other factors more equitably adjusts the lease rate to account for these forces. This presentation covers current rental trends in Nebraska grazing land and examples of flexible leases for pasture or range.
  2. It Costs How Much? Aaron Berger - Beef Systems Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Annual cow costs in Nebraska and other states continue to shoot up! Understanding the three major costs of cow-calf production and strategies to manage them can help producers identify ways to improve their costs of production.
  3. Veterinary 911: What’s the Emergency? Lindsay Waechter-Mead, DVM - Beef Systems Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - In this workshop, you will learn what livestock conditions require immediate attention and which ones can wait until morning. Learn how to handle emergencies and what supplies to have in your Livestock First Aid kit.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34694.