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Cattle Handling Considerations Part 2: Stockmanship

Building on the last post here at the Wisconsin Beef Information Center regarding cattle handling safety, Dr. Ron Gill and Dr. Rick Machen, Extension Livestock Specialists at Texas A & M AgriLife Extension have written a fact sheet titled Cattle Handling Tips. This fact sheet addresses several topics regarding how to use cattles natural behavior […]

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Be Careful Working Cattle This Spring

Be Careful Working Cattle this Spring Application of most economically important management practices to commercial cowcalf operations require up close interaction with the cattle. Several of these jobs are carried out during the upcoming months. Before working both cows and calves, it is a “good thing” to “go over” the handling facilities to check for […]

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UWEX Team Forage Launches New Web Site

The University of Wisconsin-Extension Team Forage recently updated their web site. In addition to information about the team and its activities, the site accumulates a variety of forage crop resources available from many experts and disciplines within the University of Wisconsin. There are also nearly 100 Focus on Forage fact sheets that have been developed […]

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Link May Exist Between Disposition and Reproduction

Written by: Ryan Sterry, UW Extension Agriculture Agent, St. Croix County, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Magazine Experience tells most producers that high strung, poorly tempered stock, sometimes do not perform as well as herd mates with a more moderate disposition.  Science has backed this up in the feedlot with studies showing […]

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Livestock Antimicrobial Use Once Again in the Headlines

Written by Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, UW Extension Ag Agent and Beef Team Member Two decades ago the FDA CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine) recognized antibiotic resistance was making it harder to properly treat livestock. Working with congress, the FDA-CVM, livestock organizations and veterinary organization got legislation passed (Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act) which allows […]

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2014 UW Extension Cattle Feeder Workshops Proceedings now Available

The annual Cattle Feeders Workshops were held last week at seven locations around the state.  Topics included Remodeling Retired Dairy Facilities for Raising Steers, Factors that Impact Profitability in Feeder Cattle in the Feedlot and Evaluating Bedding Costs and Returns in the Feedlot. We had the opportunity to visit with over 300 beef producers around […]

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How Much Can I Afford to Pay for a Bred Female

Currently there are many indicators pointing towards beginning expansion of the beef cow herd.  Wisconsin has typically not seen the reduction in beef cow numbers other parts of the United States have, and there is talk of continued expansion. Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska Extension Educator provides the following information for beef producers to take […]

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Feeding a Beef Cow: Analyze Your Options

Written by: Zen Miller, UW Extension Ag Agent Feed costs for over-wintering a beef cow are a major expense in beef cow /calf operations.  Some decisions have already been made that will affect the outcome of both your costs and success at this point. If you have fed to the appropriate body condition you do […]

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2014 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings Now Available

The 2014 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings was held in Dubuque, Iowa on January 30 and 31.  You may find the proceedings to the workshop at the following link, they are a pdf file. 2014 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings

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UW Extension Cattle Feeders Workshops Feb 24 -27 at Seven Locations Around the State

In the last few years, cattle feeders have witnessed record high commodity cattle prices as well as continued volatility in the grain markets.  Wisconsin cattle feeders who are seeking information on traits that high profit feeder calves have or are interested in improving their cattle housing and feed storage, handling and feeding facilities should attend […]

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Managing Spring Pasture: One Thing Leads to Another

Written by Gene Schriefer, UW Extension Ag Agent, Iowa County, and recently published in The Wisconsin Agriculturist Beef producers who choose to manage their pastures by rotating cattle through paddocks have control over when they start grazing in spring.  When to start grazing varies between years, where in Wisconsin you are located, and from producer […]

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Understanding the Effects of Cold Stress on Beef Cattle

Most beef producers understand that when the weather gets colder their cows need more energy to maintain their body condition.  The questions are when do cows start experiencing cold stress and then how much more energy do they need? When we’re considering cold stress, we need to factor in both the actual temperature and the […]

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Plan Now to Attend Driftless Region Beef Conference

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in the four-state Driftless Region, extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have teamed up to offer a Driftless Region Beef Conference.  The second annual event will be held on Jan. 30-31, 2014, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The Driftless Region includes beautiful rolling hills, […]

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