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Lush Spring Forages and Beef Cow Reproduction

After a long winter, most of us relish the first few warm and sunny days of spring.  For our beef farmers, those first spring days also signal that our pastures will be greening up soon.  Making the transition from winter feeding to spring pasture often represents our most economical and labor efficient feeding of the […]

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New Samonella Biosecurity Fact Sheet Now Available

The 2015-2016 Salmonella outbreak traced to Wisconsin dairy bull calves serves as a reminder of the zoonotic threat posed by this pathogen. The Center for Disease Control reports 36 people from ten states were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg. No deaths were reported, but 13 individuals were hospitalized, and 25 […]

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Be Prepared for the Calving Crunch

Being prepared for any event is going to reduce your stress. Preparing for the upcoming, already underway by some, calving season will reduce stress during that intense time as a cow-calf producer.   Considering the following tips to plan and prepare can help reduce calf loss, putting more profit in your pocket. Late Gestation Nutrient […]

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New Stocker Calf Enterprise Budget and Updated Cow-Calf Budget Now Available

A new stocker calf enterprise budget spreadsheet is now available for for use where pasture is a component of the stocker calf program. The new spreadsheet can be downloaded from the WBIC Decision Tools and Software Page or directly here: UW Extension Stocker Budget (xls) For stocker/backgrounding where the calves are backgrunded in dry lot […]

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Five myths surrounding the Veterinary Feed Directive

STILLWATER, Okla. – While it is true change can be a good thing, it rarely occurs without a learning curve. Not surprisingly, then, that is the case with the Veterinary Feed Directive after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently tightened the federal rule. As of Jan. 1, producers must obtain an authorization or prescription […]

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Ash Content of Forages: Is Your’s High?

Severe flooding last summer impacted much of western Wisconsin, home to a large amount of the state’s beef cattle. Rain events were so intense that Gov. Scott Walker declared 12 counties in the state agriculture disaster areas. Standing water impeded harvest and limited pasture usage for grazing operations. This time of year, producers are feeding […]

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Veterinary Feed Directive Information

Hopefully most of you are aware that the new Veterinary Feed Directive rules go into effect January 1 of 2017, and have been planning accordingly. If you are in need of additional information, the Beef Cattle Institute website hosted by Kansas State has a section with VFD information and resources.  The link to that site […]

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New UW Extension Fact Sheet on Understanding Sire Summaries Available

UW Extension has a new fact sheet providing an overview, introduction and guidelines for using epd’s when evaluating bulls for use on the cow herd.  The fact sheet was prepared by Heather Schlesser, Ph.D, UW Extension Agriculture Agent in Marathon County. The fact sheet is can be found on the UW Extension Beef Cattle Information […]

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Use Laboratory Diagnosis to Determine Deworming Strategies

Wisconsin’s 2016 growing season was ‘good for grass’, as abundant rainfall and optimal temperatures supported forage production. For certain, internal parasites whose life cycle depends upon grass and grazing ruminants, proliferated in response to all that grass. Efficacy of the most commonly used dewormers today is 59%, and history shows efficacy decreasing every year. Bottom […]

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