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Bull Buyer’s Guide

Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important. Here are some points to emphasize […]

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New VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) Record Keeping Tools Available

As a producer using Veterinary Feed Drug Orders (VFD) on your farm, your responsibilities are to feed only the animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination drug to the animals listed and properly identified on the VFD Order. You are required to correctly apply VFD Orders and retain all VFD Orders for […]

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Late Winter Feeding Considerations

Chances are you’re not thinking about forage testing in January but maybe you should be. Cattle producers know best that feed costs are the single largest expense in a cow-calf operation. In a study by Kansas State University, it was estimated that feed costs accounted for approximately 50% of total production costs on cow calf […]

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South Dakota State Extension to Host Heifer Development Webinar Series

In February 2016 SDSU Extension will host the 2nd Annual Heifer Development Webinar Series titled “Managing Bred Heifers for the Future”. This four-part webinar series begins on February 10th, 2016 and will focus on the management of bred heifers with the objective of providing producers with research-based tools they can use to effectively manage their […]

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New Fact Sheet on Feed Bunk Management Now Available

Feedlot managers know the way to consistent and sustainable animal growth performance is through proper feed bunk management. From helping you understand feed mixing, composition and quantity to suggesting protocols for scheduling timely and appropriate feed deliveries, the new publication provides tips and techniques to make feed bunk management a vital component of your operation. […]

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Dealing with the Mud

In many parts of Wisconsin the “Frozen Tundra” is not frozen yet, Travis Meteer, Illinois Extension Educator, has written the following considerations to managing through the mild weather so far this winter. While the moderate temperatures have been welcomed, the mud that has accompanied them has not. Farmers are ready for a good hard freeze. […]

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4th Annual Driftless Region Beef Conference Slated for Feb 4-5, 2016

The focus of the fourth-annual conference is efficient and economic beef and forage production in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Thursday afternoon program, which begins at 1 p.m., will concentrate on animal health and handling. An evening discussion will explore innovative practices being used by beef producers. The Friday morning agenda features six breakout […]

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Got Worms???

Article written by Sandy Stuttgen DVM, UW Extension Agent in Taylor County.  As you manage cattle on grass, you are also managing gastrointestinal parasites. Helminth (ie Haemonchus, Ostertagia, Cooperia) life cycles includes eggs and first through third stage larvae residing on the grass. Fourth and fifth larval forms live inside cattle, where they consume blood. […]

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Simple 2-part cow rations for this winter

Article written by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture and used with permission Depending on your farm set-up, available equipment, and your willingness to purchase diesel fuel, your least-cost ration may look very different than your neighbors. Availability and proximity to co-product feeds, such as corn gluten feed (CGF) and dried distillers […]

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Capturing Value when Preconditioning Calves

written by: Adam Hady, UW Extension Ag Agent, Richland County, article recently appeared in Wisconsin Agriculturist As the summer grazing season winds down and  time is getting near for cow calf producers to wean calves, they  might be asking themselves, with calf prices as good as they are, is it worth it for me to […]

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