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Bull Management 101 for Breeding Season Success

In today’s beef industry the margins for productivity and profitability are thin.  Herd reproduction and fertility are important for profitability to occur.  A successful breeding season hinges on nutrition, vaccination, sire selection, breeding soundness exams, and management protocols to control the length of the breeding season. Each of these contributes to a positive outcome within […]

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Is it time to consider shifting calving dates?

As the price of beef comes back down from record highs, we just have to be patient for input costs to decline by a similar amount.  . . Yeah, right, I also have a bridge to sell.    Cow/Calf enterprise data summarized by the Center for Farm Financial Management at UMN (FINBIN) shows that in 2000 […]

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New Implant Fact Sheet Available

The proper development of an implant strategy can improve daily gains up to 20%, improve efficiency up to 15% and reduce cost of production at least 10%. Improper implant use and lack of management adjustments with certain implant programs may reduce quality grade, and increase undesirable side effects. To help beef producers gain a better […]

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Beef Grazing Field Day– August 2nd at Arlington Research Station

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 1-5pm Where: Arlington Research Station, N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI 53911 Cost: FREE, refreshments will be provided *Field Day sponsored by the Harold & Lucille Volland fund at the UW Foundation* Agenda: 1-1:40pm = Intro and Presentation by Christine Nieman, UW Dept. of Animal Sciences 1:40-1:50pm = Travel via […]

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Livestock Weather Hazard. Courtesy of Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc.

Heat Stress Preparations for Feedlot Cattle

Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize […]

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Medication Administration and Remote Delivery- BQA Considerations

Proper administration of animal health products is a key element of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines and antibiotic stewardship. Producers must continue to follow BQA principles when determining the proper administration method, technique and tools. With the recent increase in interest and usage of remote delivery systems (darts containing medication) in the beef cattle industry, […]

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Cattle Price Update

Cattle prices have had a rough spring. After peaking in late 2014 and early 2015, prices have been adjusting downward from very lofty peaks. High prices and profits at that time provided the incentives to expand beef production. Expanding beef production and a remarkable recovery in total meat supplies continues to put downward pressure on […]

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An Ounce of Prevention—Salt, a Pound of Cure

Most beef cattle producers understand the importance of providing high quality nutritional feedstuffs to achieve herd-specific goals of better production or herd health.  The bottom line of production will always be the bottom line. Anyone in business is willing to cut costs if it means producing the same high quality product with an increased profit […]

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Selecting Replacement Heifers Based on Birthdate and Age of Dam

Two research studies at the University of Nebraska by Dr. Rick Funston, beef reproductive physiologist at the West Central Research and Extension Center, suggest that the key information needed to identify heifers most likely to be successful as replacements is known the day the heifers are born. The 2012 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report “Effect of […]

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Managing New Herd Sires

New bulls need to be managed carefully between delivery and the start of breeding season to maximize the return on the investment in new genetics. New herd sires represent a sizeable investment to a cow/calf business. One of the major components of the cost of natural service is the number of years of useful life […]

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