Historically, Nevada has underused crop and livestock policies offered under the 2014 Farm Bill. Farmers and ranchers face five main areas of risk: legal, marketing, financial, human resources, and production risk.
The Cattlemen’s Update Program, part of the Nevada Risk Management Education 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 2018, there were 418 attendees at the seven Cattlemen’s Update meetings. Participants indicated increases in knowledge and behavior in post-program evaluations and follow-up reporting:
- 109 reported they would save over $900 because they attended the update
- 184 planned to make changes based on the program