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Beef Cow/calf workshop slated near Athens on August 19th

While Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland”, interest in raising beef cattle is on the rise.  A recent USDA census showed that a majority of cow/calf operations have less than 50 head of cattle, but raise nearly one third of the US calf crop annually.  With a plentiful supply out-of- use dairy farm operations and […]

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UW Lancaster Cow-Calf Field Day is August 3rd!

The 2015 UW Lancaster Ag Research Station Cow-Calf Field Day will be held on Monday, August 3rd from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. The program this year will include a brief tour of UW-Lancaster’s beef cattle facilities and feature three educational topics: The Meaning of Weaning—Aerica Bjurstrum; Kewaunee County UW Extension Agriculture Agent Parasite Control Strategies—Sandy […]

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Steer to Steak Carcass

Common Factors that Affect Dressing Percentage of Beef Carcasses

During the past few months I have had a number of discussions with folks on dressing percentage of cattle and how come theirs were less than the numbers we typically use or expect to see.  Most of these questions were from people who direct market some of their animals and sell on hanging carcass weights. […]

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Monitoring Herd Performance: Beef Management & Reproduction Score Card

Written by Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, courtesy of iGrow.org and used with permission Profit or loss in a cow/calf operation depends a great deal on the reproductive efficiency of the herd. For obvious reasons herds that have a high percentage of cows that settle early in the breeding season and deliver live calves are […]

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Sustainability of WI Beef and Pork Producers: WHAT IS DONE ON THE FARM?

Submitted by: Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, Extension Educator, UW Extension- Taylor County The Wisconsin pork and beef industries are being proactive in documenting the sustainability of their producers while ensuring grower engagement in the process.  These industries partnered with the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture to develop and implement a baseline sustainability assessment on farm level […]

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What Breeding Soundness Does and Does Not Evaluate

By Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, Agriculture Educator, UW-Extension, Taylor County Bull breeding soundness evaluations are quick, economical screens of breeding potential used to determine the bull’s physical preparedness for breeding. Outcomes are best used to identify infertile or sub-fertile bulls rather than superior ones. The diagnosis of ‘satisfactory’ does not attempt to predict fertility as the […]

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Pricing Hay? Try the new UW Extension App

Waupaca, Wis. – It’s that time of the year when fresh mowed hay fills the air across Wisconsin, which also means many farmers and rural neighbors will be negotiating the sale of standing hay. An estimated 2.5 million acres of dry hay and haylage are harvested each year in this state with baled hay alone […]

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Considerations for Delayed Calving to Fall for Open Cows

Written by Ryan Sterry, UW Extension Ag Agent, St. Croix Co., and recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Much of the focus for beef cattle reproduction programs is on breeding cows in a timely fashion and narrowing the range of the calving window.  There’s no getting around the fact that excessive days open, and open […]

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2015 Beef Cow Synchronization Protocols

Written by: Robin Salvorson, South Dakota State University Beef Cow-Calf Specialist, and used with permission. Originally appeared on SDSU’s igrow.org website. The Beef Reproduction Task Force composed of representatives of the AI and pharmaceutical companies, veterinarians and reproduction specialists have developed based on research data and field use a list of recommended synchronization protocols for […]

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First-Calf Beef Heifers Can Benefit from a Little TLC

Written by Aerica Bjurstrom, UW Extension Ag Agent- Kewaunee County, article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Calving season will soon be in full swing in many Wisconsin beef herds, and with that comes a list of challenges to manage. One challenge you can head off at the pass is managing your first-calf heifers. First-calf […]

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