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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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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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Bull Reproduction Health YouTube Videos Now Posted

As we are moving towards “bull procurement season” , when many breeders and performance tests hold their bull sales, a refresher in bull reproduction health might be helpful.  This is especially true if we consider the value of feeder calves and the losses that could be encurred if the bull is not getting the cows […]

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Free online BQA certification available now through April 15

Are you Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified? Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has a special offer available to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from NOW-April 15, 2015! Free online BQA certification (normally $25-$50) Go to http://www.BIVI-BQA.com to access the BQA modules. Access the BQA modules and select the training […]

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2015 UW Extension Cattle Feeders Materials are now Posted

The handouts from the 2015 UW Extension Cattle Feeders Workshops are now posted on the Conference and Workshop Proceedings page here at the WBIC site. Thanks to everyone who attended the workshops!!

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Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference Scheduled for April 30

Consumers want to know where and how their food is produced. The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host the annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference on April 30 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Since consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, this year’s conference will focus on animal care practices and why it matters […]

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New Corn Coproducts Fact Sheet Series Available from Iowa Beef Center

AMES, Iowa — In an effort to extract more value from the corn kernel, new technological advances in the ethanol-making process have resulted in coproduct feedstuffs that are compositionally different from those produced through earlier, more traditional methods. Coproducts can be vital components of beef cattle diets, and Iowa Beef Center director Dan Loy said […]

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Managing Pasture – One Thing Leads to Another – Summer into Fall

Managing Pasture – One Thing Leads to Another – Summer into Fall

Written by Gene Schriefer, UW Extension Ag Agent, Iowa County and recently appeared in Wisconsin Agriculturist Magazine As we are making our way through the winter, here is some food for thought for next summer. Cool season pastures go through a bi-modal growth curve – a large amount of forage early in the season, a […]

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Valid Veterinary Relationships

The American Veterinary Medical Association defines an animal to be  in a good state of welfare (as indicated by scientific evidence) when it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior, and not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. On-farm welfare hinges upon a valid veterinary-client-patient-relationship (VCPR). The […]

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Recommendations for Receiving Cattle: Health and Nutrition

One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle. Minimizing the stress of weaning, marketing, and shipping can have a large impact on the bottom line. Giving new cattle everything they need to remain healthy during the feeding period is the right thing to do from an animal well-being […]

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The Importance of Feed Testing

Optimal growing conditions across much of Wisconsin this summer have resulted in large quantities of forage being produced. However, quality can vary greatly among and even within fields. Conducting a nutritional laboratory analysis on hay and/or silage samples is the best way for producers to evaluate the nutrient content of their feedstuffs. This information, in […]

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