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Welcome to the Golden Plains Area, Livestock Production page, your resource for information, research and news for your livestock operation.

It is no secret that 2020 was dry, and 2021 isn’t starting off well.  It is past time to be thinking about drought and its effects on Eastern Colorado. Colorado State University Golden Plains Area Extension, with support of the Yuma and Yuma County Conservation Districts is presenting a virtual education informational video opportunity for producers.  Drought 2021, “Ideas around the Table” discusses important topics related to drought.  It includes a long range weather outlook, grassland management information, alternative forages for grazing options, and information on tools and decision aids for finalizing drought plans.

Join us for informative conversation regarding your beef herd management. Click here for session details. Click here to register for the programs.

Better with Beef – Recorded Sessions

Session 1 – 2021 Market Outlook, Dr. Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University
Session 2 – Heifer Development, Dr. Rick Funston, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Session 3 – Calving Tips, Dr. Tim Holt, DVM, Colorado State University
Session 4 – Sorting Through the Bull: Systems and Selection, Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Session 5 – Getting Ready for the Breeding Season, Dr. John Hall, University of Idaho
Session 6 – Herd Health: Focus on the Calf, Dr. Franklyn Garry DVM, Colorado State University

Drought Advisors: Make a Plan for Drought in 2021

With a second year of drought looming in 2021, Colorado agricultural producers face production and financial risks, as well as uncertainty for their agricultural livelihood.  This year, farmers and ranchers around Colorado can call/text (970) 988-0043 or email to be connected to resources and address the impacts of drought on their operation.

In a new partnership among Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union,  Colorado Ag Water Alliance, CSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station, and Colorado Department of Agriculture, farmers and ranchers can access a new service called ‘Drought Advisors’ to create a drought contingency plan, and be connected with resources to increase drought resilience in the long and short term. “While many experts and services already exist, the goal of this partnership is to reduce the burden for producers of sifting through legal, agronomic, hydrological, and other types of expertise relevant to minimizing risk in drought,” says CSU Extension’s Retta Bruegger, one of the co-organizers. “For those worried about drought in 2021, we hope to streamline connections to topical experts who can be sounding boards for taking action this year and beyond.”

The partnership hopes to reduce the stress of responding to drought by thinking through contingencies in advance, and prompt producers to take action that reduces potential financial losses and ecological consequences. Producers can get connected with a “Drought Advisor” by calling or texting (970) 988-0043 or emailing

2020 was a Challenging Year

2020 was a challenging year indeed. While last year may have been particularly extreme, climate projections suggest we can expect drought conditions to become the norm, rather than the exception, in the years to come.
Overcoming these challenges will take a collective effort. We want to continue to be a trusted and reliable partner for you in making critical decisions today and while planning for a resilient tomorrow.
We have prepared a short survey to help us better understand the impact of the 2020 drought on your operation and the type of information and resources you need to mitigate these impacts going forward. Your feedback will help direct university research and outreach programming and inform state policy makers of your priority needs. Our apologies if you have received this request from multiple entities.

Click on the link below to access the survey. Thank you in advance.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 6:00 PM – MST
You will be able to join by computer or phone. In order to keep our webinar safe from hackers or “Zoom-bombers”, please RSVP at the following link, and a meeting link along with other information will
be sent to you by email. Please visit to register:

For more information, contact Kim Peters:

Current News Releases


Prepare for Calving Season (1/7/2021)

Tips for Achieving Higher A.I. Conception

Whole Soybeans and Conception Rates

Utilizing Corn Stalks for Cattle Grazing

Down Corn (10/28/2020)

Grazing Corn Stalks (10/28/2020)

Nitrates in Livestock Feeds

Nitrate Testing Only as Good as the Sample (10/6/2020)

Utilizing High-Nitrate Forages (9/18/2020)

Nitrates in Livestock Feeds (7/22/2020)

Drought, Plan Your Response

Mouthing Cows for Culling (9/29/2020)

Drought, Plan Your Response (7/15/2020)

Animal Biosecurity and Disease Concerns in 2020

Animal Biosecurity Guidance for CSU Extension

Infectious Diseases of Importance for Summer of 2020


Livestock Handling and Management with

COVID-19 in Mind

Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year

Spring Processing & Turn Out

Drought and Beef Marketing Discussion

Extension specialists, USDA ARS scientists and ranchers from Colorado and Wyoming recently discussed long-term and short-term forecast tools for predicting range land forage production, and beef market outlook during this ongoing 2020 drought. This video discussion features: Annie Overlin – CSU Extension Range Mgmt Specialist, Kevin Jablonski- CSU Range Extension, Justin Derner- USDA-ARS, David Augustine-USDA-ARS, Dannele Peck-USDA-ARS, John Ritten- UW Dept. of Ag and Resource Economics, Associate Professor, Steve Oswald and Kenny Burk- southern CO ranchers.

The planning and measurement tools available to producers presented in this session are helpful to land managers to navigate the current drought environment and plan for future recovery efforts.

Click here to see the video presentation.

Colorado Beef Research Report

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Here is the new Colorado Beef Research Report from CSU. Find out about the highlights of beef research going on it CSU.

Small Flock Sheep Producer’s Resource
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A new resource has been created by CSU Extension. Raising a Small Flock of Sheep is an informative resource whether you are raising 4-H sheep projects or wanting to diversify and add sheep to your operation.

Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers on how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.  Click on the logo for information and upcoming programs.

Pork Checkoff Documents

USDA African Swine Fever Documents

GPA Livestock Facebook Page