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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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Now is the Time to Plan Ahead for Veterinary Feed Directive Changes

Increasing interest in preventing the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria and protecting the effectiveness of the antimicrobials that we have fueled the initiative behind the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule changes.  The VFD regulation changes on medically important antimicrobials used in livestock feeds, previously available as over-the-counter medications, will be coming into effect in January […]

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Fall 2016 Projections… and Tools to Calculate Your Own

Over the past few weeks a common question has been around the sour cattle prices, feed costs and how does back-grounding or finishing cattle pencil out this fall. To help answer these questions, Dr. Brenda Boetel, our livestock and grain economist, and I updated our projections for various backgrounding and finishing scenarios. These estimates  will hopefully […]

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Does Your Trailer Fit Your Cattle?

There is no denying that finished cattle weights and sizes have increased over time. There has also been shown an increase in bruises on fed cattle carcasses that result in losses from trim at the packer in some high value parts of the carcasses. A recent investigation conducted by Kansas State has shown that some […]

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Is Your Truck and Trailer Ready to Transport?

This time of the year we see an increase in the number of cattle hauled in trucks and trailers.  Cattle are brought home from outlying pastures, Calves are weaned and cattle and calves are separated, sometimes to different locations, and calves transported to sale barns and feedlots. Before hauling livestock take time to check over […]

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