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Bull Reproduction Health YouTube Videos Now Posted

As we are moving towards “bull procurement season” , when many breeders and performance tests hold their bull sales, a refresher in bull reproduction health might be helpful.  This is especially true if we consider the value of feeder calves and the losses that could be encurred if the bull is not getting the cows […]

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Free online BQA certification available now through April 15

Are you Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified? Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has a special offer available to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from NOW-April 15, 2015! Free online BQA certification (normally $25-$50) Go to http://www.BIVI-BQA.com to access the BQA modules. Access the BQA modules and select the training […]

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UW-River Falls to Host Open House for St. Croix Valley Bull Test

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Animal and Food Science Department, St. Croix Valley Bull Test, and UW-Extension will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 14, at the UWRF Dairy Learning Center on the Mann Valley Farm, 129 South Glover Road, River Falls. The Open House will allow producers to preview the bulls for […]

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2015 UW Extension Cattle Feeders Materials are now Posted

The handouts from the 2015 UW Extension Cattle Feeders Workshops are now posted on the Conference and Workshop Proceedings page here at the WBIC site. Thanks to everyone who attended the workshops!!

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Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference Scheduled for April 30

Consumers want to know where and how their food is produced. The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host the annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference on April 30 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Since consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, this year’s conference will focus on animal care practices and why it matters […]

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Cattle Feedlot Design & Management Options meeting scheduled in Portage County for February 27

Cattle feeders face many challenges in day-to-day operations.  Volatility in grain and cattle markets create uncertainty in purchasing and marketing capacities.   Wisconsin cattle feeders who are seeking information on marketing cattle at the right time or are interested in improving their cattle housing and feeding facilities should attend this year’s cattle feedlot design and management […]

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New Corn Coproducts Fact Sheet Series Available from Iowa Beef Center

AMES, Iowa — In an effort to extract more value from the corn kernel, new technological advances in the ethanol-making process have resulted in coproduct feedstuffs that are compositionally different from those produced through earlier, more traditional methods. Coproducts can be vital components of beef cattle diets, and Iowa Beef Center director Dan Loy said […]

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Managing Pasture – One Thing Leads to Another – Summer into Fall

Managing Pasture – One Thing Leads to Another – Summer into Fall

Written by Gene Schriefer, UW Extension Ag Agent, Iowa County and recently appeared in Wisconsin Agriculturist Magazine As we are making our way through the winter, here is some food for thought for next summer. Cool season pastures go through a bi-modal growth curve – a large amount of forage early in the season, a […]

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Valid Veterinary Relationships

The American Veterinary Medical Association defines an animal to be  in a good state of welfare (as indicated by scientific evidence) when it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior, and not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. On-farm welfare hinges upon a valid veterinary-client-patient-relationship (VCPR). The […]

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Recommendations for Receiving Cattle: Health and Nutrition

One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle. Minimizing the stress of weaning, marketing, and shipping can have a large impact on the bottom line. Giving new cattle everything they need to remain healthy during the feeding period is the right thing to do from an animal well-being […]

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The Importance of Feed Testing

Optimal growing conditions across much of Wisconsin this summer have resulted in large quantities of forage being produced. However, quality can vary greatly among and even within fields. Conducting a nutritional laboratory analysis on hay and/or silage samples is the best way for producers to evaluate the nutrient content of their feedstuffs. This information, in […]

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Cow-Calf Workshop Scheduled for December 9th at Whitewater

The Extension Offices in Jefferson, Rock and Walworth County will be holding a cow-calf workshop at the Whitewater Innovation Center on December 9th.  Registration will begin at 5:15 pm followed with a meal at 5:30 and presentations at 6:00 pm. Presentations will be: Retrofitting Retired Dairy Facilities for Beef Production by Dr. David Kammel, Biosystems […]

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New Fact Sheet available on Bull Reproductive Health

New Fact Sheet available on Bull Reproductive Health

  A new fact sheet has been prepared by Heather Schlesser Ph.D., UW Extension Agriculture Educator in Marathon County. The fact sheet gives an overview of how the bulls reproductive system works and some factors that can affect a bulls ability to breed cows. Here is a link to the fact sheet Bull Reproductive Health […]

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