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Fall 2016 Projections… and Tools to Calculate Your Own

Over the past few weeks a common question has been around the sour cattle prices, feed costs and how does back-grounding or finishing cattle pencil out this fall. To help answer these questions, Dr. Brenda Boetel, our livestock and grain economist, and I updated our projections for various backgrounding and finishing scenarios. These estimates  will hopefully […]

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Does Your Trailer Fit Your Cattle?

There is no denying that finished cattle weights and sizes have increased over time. There has also been shown an increase in bruises on fed cattle carcasses that result in losses from trim at the packer in some high value parts of the carcasses. A recent investigation conducted by Kansas State has shown that some […]

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Is Your Truck and Trailer Ready to Transport?

This time of the year we see an increase in the number of cattle hauled in trucks and trailers.  Cattle are brought home from outlying pastures, Calves are weaned and cattle and calves are separated, sometimes to different locations, and calves transported to sale barns and feedlots. Before hauling livestock take time to check over […]

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Recent Survey Captures Wisconsin Beef Producer’s De-worming Practices

As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change color, beef producers’ thoughts are turning to the annual fall “round-up”; which includes, weaning calves, pregnancy checking cows and heifers and often includes vaccinating and deworming. A recent survey of Wisconsin Beef Producers, by UW-Extension Agents showed that de-worming of cows once a year in […]

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UW Extension Manure Gas Safety Webinar now available on YouTube

The UW Extension Manure Gas Safety Webinar that was held on September 8th has been recorded and is now available on YouTube for  you to watch at your convenience. Manure Gas Safety Webinar (YouTube video) Additional resources on Manure Safety: Manure Storage Pit Dangers: Identifying Hazardous Gases, Technical Guidance for Selection and Use of Monitors […]

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Free Beef Quality Assurance Certification (BQA) September 15 through November 13

Are you Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified or do you need to re-certify? Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. once again has a special offer available to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from September 15 thought November 13th 2016! Online BQA certification normally runs $25-$50 depending on which modules you […]

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Weaning: Low Stress, Common Sense

Weaning is arguably the most stressful event in a calf’s life. Combining stressors at weaning can inhibit immune response triggering health problems and shut off gains. Fortunately, cattle producers can understand stressing events and manage against the freeway pile-up that can occur at weaning. 4 Major Types of Stress Knowledge of the four major types […]

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Reducing Stress at Weaning

With fall right around the corner, it is time to look at weaning this year’s calf crop.  This is always a time of stress for cows, calves, and the farmer.  So looking at ways that we can reduce stress for all can play an important part in profitability and health of the herd.  The main […]

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