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Beef Cow/calf Workshop Slated for September 14th near Elkhorn

A UW-Extension Beef Cow/Calf producer meeting is being offered to producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations.  The September 14, 2015 agenda will include a brief farm tour, meal, and speakers.  Speaker topics will include preventing and managing parasites, body condition scoring, and weaning.  Attendees of the meeting will qualify […]

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New Body Conditioning Fact Sheet Now Available

Fall around weaning time is a good time to body condition score your cows to help determine which cows are culled, and possibly sort them in to groups to better manage their nutritional needs over the late fall and winter months. Lyssa Seefeldt, UW Extension Ag Agent in Marquette County, and Katie Pfeiffer, former UW […]


Profitable Beef Pastures Need Legumes

Written by Dr. Rhonda Gildersleeve, UW Extension Grazing Specialist and Beef Team member, and recently appeared in The Wisconsin Agriculturist. Forage legume species such as red or white clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa are important plant contributors to productivity and quality of beef pastures in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere. Most notable among the many […]


Holstein Feeder Yardage Survey Summary

UW Extension conducted a survey of farms in Wisconsin to examine yardage costs associated with their Holstein steer finishing enterprise. This Holstein steer yardage survey focused on overhead, labor/management, bedding, and direct expenses generally associated with yardage costs.  It did not include feed, animal, and veterinarian/ pharmaceutical related costs.  This project was conducted by UW […]

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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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]