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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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Free BQA Certification!

During the months of September and October, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc, is paying the fee for Beef Producers and Dairy Farmers to get BQA certified.  This will allow producers to save the $25 to $50 fee during the open certification period. Producers can go to http://BQA.org/team, and that will get you to the right page […]

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Beef Cow-Calf Workshops Scheduled September 16th and 18th in West Central Wisconsin

UW-Extension and The Western Wisconsin Beef Producers Cooperative will be hosting Beef Cow-Calf workshops at the Leon Community Center in Leon on September 16th and at the Scott Werlein Farm in Mondovi on September 18th. Topics that will be covered at the workshops include: “Bull Health and Fertility Management” presented by Heather Schlesser, UW-Extension Agriculture […]

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Evaluate Your Beef Cow’s Udder Health

Evaluate Your Beef Cow’s Udder Health

This article was prepared by Steve Huntzicker, UW Extension Ag Agent in La Crosse County and recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist. As we begin thinking about weaning calves and deciding which cows might need culling, udder quality and condition are one factor that should be taken in to consideration. There are many factors to […]

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White tipped/bleached Canada thistle, a good thing

Since Canada Thistle is a common problem weed in many pastures around Wisconsin where beef cattle live and graze I thought cross posting this article from our UW Extension Integrated Crop and Pest Management site could help some beef producers. Click on the following link to read the article written by Dr. Mark Renz, UW […]

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Manage Grazing Use in Riparian Areas to Prevent Damage

Rhonda Gildersleeve, UW Extension Grazing Specialist, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Magazine “Riparian” is derived from the Latin term riparius, which means “at the water’s edge” and refers to the narrow green zones of land adjacent to streams, rivers and other surface waters. Approximately 18% of Wisconsin land is classified as riparian, […]

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Has She Come into Heat?

Written by Katie Pfeiffer, UW Extension Agent Sauk County, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine Success in the cow-calf industry is dependent on the females’ ability to produce a calf annually. Managing the postpartum interval, or the time between calving and when she comes into heat, is important for maintaining your yearly […]

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Cow Calf Days Scheduled at Six Locations Around the State This Summer

UW-Extension is hosting Beef Cow/Calf producer meetings for producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations at six locations around the state this summer. Speaker topics will include preventing and managing pinkeye, herd sire health and management, and vaccination protocols for your herd. Attendees of the meeting will qualify for one […]

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Temperament and Cattle Performance

written by Elaine Grings, Assistant Professor & South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Management Production Specialist, courtesy of iGrow.org, and used with permission.  How important is it to cull those cows with excitable temperaments? Being a ‘good mother’ can be an important trait in a cow for protecting her calf, being too aggressive can have […]

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Newborn Calf Mortality Has Many Sources

Written by Aerica Bjurstrom, UW Extension Ag Agent- Kewaunee County, Beef Team Member, article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist  As calving season gets into full swing, you are probably preparing your farm to provide the best possible start for your new calf crop.  A new calf crop is an exciting and stressful time on […]

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