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Five myths surrounding the Veterinary Feed Directive

STILLWATER, Okla. – While it is true change can be a good thing, it rarely occurs without a learning curve. Not surprisingly, then, that is the case with the Veterinary Feed Directive after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently tightened the federal rule. As of Jan. 1, producers must obtain an authorization or prescription […]

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Ash Content of Forages: Is Your’s High?

Severe flooding last summer impacted much of western Wisconsin, home to a large amount of the state’s beef cattle. Rain events were so intense that Gov. Scott Walker declared 12 counties in the state agriculture disaster areas. Standing water impeded harvest and limited pasture usage for grazing operations. This time of year, producers are feeding […]

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Veterinary Feed Directive Information

Hopefully most of you are aware that the new Veterinary Feed Directive rules go into effect January 1 of 2017, and have been planning accordingly. If you are in need of additional information, the Beef Cattle Institute website hosted by Kansas State has a section with VFD information and resources.  The link to that site […]

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Use Laboratory Diagnosis to Determine Deworming Strategies

Wisconsin’s 2016 growing season was ‘good for grass’, as abundant rainfall and optimal temperatures supported forage production. For certain, internal parasites whose life cycle depends upon grass and grazing ruminants, proliferated in response to all that grass. Efficacy of the most commonly used dewormers today is 59%, and history shows efficacy decreasing every year. Bottom […]

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Winter Management of Beef Cows

It looks like winter is arriving this weekend, following are some tips to help cattle get through in good shape. In the upper Midwest, winter is a fact of life.  It is common to see severe cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills and snow.  Good winter management practices contribute to healthy and productive cattle, reasonable feed […]

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Driftless Region Beef Conference to be Held Jan. 26-27

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference.  The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The driftless region in these states contains rolling […]

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New Cow-calf Enterprise Budget Spreadsheet Available

As we near the end of the year, one of the tasks that savvy farmers with cow-calf operations do is see how the cow-calf enterprise did for the year. To help folks with cow-calf operations accomplish this, UW Extension has developed and released a new beef cow-calf enterprise budget spreadsheet. The output can be used […]

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Producer Input Sought for 2016 National Beef Quality Audit

Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) will collect producer information and opinions, which […]

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Be Careful when Pumping Pits this Fall

There has been an increase in incidents involving manure pit gas this fall.  Iowa State Extension has put out a reminder on safety considerations when emptying manure storage. The article can be found here: Pit Gases Pose a Danger in Beef Barns Please Stay Safe This Fall!!

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Body Condition Scoring, an Important Fall Management Practice

As we move into fall one of the management practices that is “time well spent” is body condition scoring the cows. This provides us an opportunity to determine where they are, relative to where we want them to be at calving.  From there we can group them accordingly, and determine ration needs. Dr. Glenn Selk, […]

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