Flood Resources for Livestock
A list of things for cattle producers to consider when dealing with the aftermath of the flood.
Donations of hay and feed have been coming in at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead, NE to help those affected by the flood. If you are a cattle producer, you may be asking what is available and what do I need? This document was prepared to help producers determine feeding strategies based on donated hay, feeds, and supplements currently available.
This article outlines the considerations for determining if wet feed and hay can be used.
This article describes how to dispose of feeds that have been exposed to contaminated flood water.
This article outlines how to supplement cows in early lactation receiving medium quality grass hay to meet their nutritional requirements.
The state of Nebraska allows for disposal of dead animals via several methods including composting, burial, rendering, landfill and incineration. Information comparing the mortality management options and a list of rendering services and landfills in the state provided.
Five methods are approved for the routine disposal of livestock carcasses in Nebraska: composting, burial, incineration, rendering and land-filling. In an emergency situation – such as when livestock losses occur due to extreme weather or another non-disease related event – these five options still exist, but may not be suitable in all situations. The feasibility of carcass disposal via incineration, rendering or land-filling will depend on existing infrastructure or resources and, therefore, will not be discussed here. Acceptable processes for emergency composting and burial of livestock carcasses are described here.
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including extreme cold and flooding. Information on determining what is needed and how to quantify losses can be found in the article.
Colorado State University Extension describes preparations to handle livestock in varying types of disasters. Proper handling of livestock during weather events can reduce risk and ensure safety.
Iowa State University Extension describes how animals may be exposed to and acquire flood-related diseases. Feed, water, and space needs are important to reducing flood-related diseases.
Iowa State University Extension describes considerations for safety and servicing of buildings when they were covered or sitting in water during a flood.
UNL Extension provides thoughts on what to expect and how to manage pastures that were flooded in the March 2019 event.
It is recommended that producers sample any standing water in pasture a couple weeks before they want to turn out to ensure that it is safe for livestock. This article provides information on why, how, and where to send water samples.
Many areas of Nebraska have experienced higher than normal precipitation events recently, with some areas receiving rainfall that far exceeded a 25-year, 24-hour storm event. This abnormally wet weather pattern has caused drainage and flooding issues in some parts of the state. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Nebraska Extension would like to remind producers and landowners to be vigilant in monitoring lagoon and runoff holding pond levels.