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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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3rd Annual Driftless Region Beef Conference Scheduled for January 22-23, 2015 at Dubuque

Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin team up each year to offer the annual Driftless Region Beef Conference. The 2015 conference will be held on January 22 – 23, 2015 at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Some of the headline speakers include: Dr. Jude Capper from Bozeman Montana, Dr. Mark […]

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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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New Opportunity To Track Sustainability On Farms – NISA Teams with WI Pork Producers and WI Cattleman’s Association to Document and Promote Sustainability!

There is a new partnership starting between the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture (NISA) and local beef and pork producers looking to document, promote and communicate advancements in sustainable practices used on their local production systems. NISA is working with the Wisconsin Pork Producers and the Wisconsin Cattleman’s Association on a groundbreaking program to measure […]

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The Toolbox for Trait Selection in the Beef Herd

The Toolbox for Trait Selection in the Beef Herd

Article written by Adam Hady, UW Extension Ag Agent, and recently published in The Wisconsin Agriculturist With beef prices high and the calf crop in, beef producers are starting to decide which of this year’s heifers and/or bulls they are going to keep back for next year.  Beef producers have a whole host of tools […]

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Beef Quality Certification Training offered at Medford on December 9th

Beef Quality Certification Training offered at Medford on December 9th

  UW Extension Taylor County will be holding a BQA certification training for any interested beef producers at The Turtle Club which is located at W7944 Perkinstown Ave, Medford, WI.  Registration will begin at 4:30pm. and the program will begin at 5:00 pm. A meal is being sponsored by Diamond V and UW Extension Taylor […]

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Fall 2014 Feedlot Projections

Over the past few weeks a common question received at a number of Extension Offices has been around the high costs of feeder calves, feed costs and how does back-grounding or finishing cattle pencil out this fall. To help answer these questions, I “dug up” some of the projections that we did a few years […]

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Beef cow culling; an opportunity

Beef cow culling; an opportunity

Written by Lyssa Seefeldt, UW Extension Ag Agent, Marquette County, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Is your herd on the natural culling cycle (i.e.  animals dying  of old age)?  Is that old beef cow a “hard keeper” over winter and you just cannot keep weight on her?  What do you do with […]

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Beef pricing worksheet for producers considering direct marketing

A new tool is available to beef producers when pricing beef carcasses for consumers. Have you ever been asked by one of your customers how much a freezer full of beef will cost? Do you struggle to convert the live animal value to a carcass based price? Michigan State University Extension and the University of […]

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High Moisture Shell Corn Pricing App for Android now Available.

High Moisture Shell Corn Pricing App for Android now Available.

It’s that time of the year when some cattle feeders and or cow calf producers may be looking to buy or sell some high moisture shell corn from or to other farmers.   Pricing Wet (HMSC) Corn is a new free app for Android “smart” phones/tablets that can be helpful for determining a reasonable sale […]

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