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Free BQA Certification!

During the months of September and October, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc, is paying the fee for Beef Producers and Dairy Farmers to get BQA certified.  This will allow producers to save the $25 to $50 fee during the open certification period. Producers can go to http://BQA.org/team, and that will get you to the right page […]

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Beef Cow-Calf Workshops Scheduled September 16th and 18th in West Central Wisconsin

UW-Extension and The Western Wisconsin Beef Producers Cooperative will be hosting Beef Cow-Calf workshops at the Leon Community Center in Leon on September 16th and at the Scott Werlein Farm in Mondovi on September 18th. Topics that will be covered at the workshops include: “Bull Health and Fertility Management” presented by Heather Schlesser, UW-Extension Agriculture […]

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Evaluate Your Beef Cow’s Udder Health

Evaluate Your Beef Cow’s Udder Health

This article was prepared by Steve Huntzicker, UW Extension Ag Agent in La Crosse County and recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist. As we begin thinking about weaning calves and deciding which cows might need culling, udder quality and condition are one factor that should be taken in to consideration. There are many factors to […]

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White tipped/bleached Canada thistle, a good thing

Since Canada Thistle is a common problem weed in many pastures around Wisconsin where beef cattle live and graze I thought cross posting this article from our UW Extension Integrated Crop and Pest Management site could help some beef producers. Click on the following link to read the article written by Dr. Mark Renz, UW […]

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Manage Grazing Use in Riparian Areas to Prevent Damage

Rhonda Gildersleeve, UW Extension Grazing Specialist, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Magazine “Riparian” is derived from the Latin term riparius, which means “at the water’s edge” and refers to the narrow green zones of land adjacent to streams, rivers and other surface waters. Approximately 18% of Wisconsin land is classified as riparian, […]

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Has She Come into Heat?

Written by Katie Pfeiffer, UW Extension Agent Sauk County, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine Success in the cow-calf industry is dependent on the females’ ability to produce a calf annually. Managing the postpartum interval, or the time between calving and when she comes into heat, is important for maintaining your yearly […]

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Cow Calf Days Scheduled at Six Locations Around the State This Summer

UW-Extension is hosting Beef Cow/Calf producer meetings for producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations at six locations around the state this summer. Speaker topics will include preventing and managing pinkeye, herd sire health and management, and vaccination protocols for your herd. Attendees of the meeting will qualify for one […]

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Temperament and Cattle Performance

written by Elaine Grings, Assistant Professor & South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Management Production Specialist, courtesy of iGrow.org, and used with permission.  How important is it to cull those cows with excitable temperaments? Being a ‘good mother’ can be an important trait in a cow for protecting her calf, being too aggressive can have […]

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Newborn Calf Mortality Has Many Sources

Written by Aerica Bjurstrom, UW Extension Ag Agent- Kewaunee County, Beef Team Member, article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist  As calving season gets into full swing, you are probably preparing your farm to provide the best possible start for your new calf crop.  A new calf crop is an exciting and stressful time on […]

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How Did Your Herd Bull Make it Through the Winter?

Did your herd bull receive any concern during the long cold winter we have experienced?  Probably most of the concerns were directed toward the cow herd and calves. However, the long cold winter we experienced may have led to several negative effects on the bull that could severely reduce his reproductive potential.  These range from […]

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Limping Livestock: Two Perspectives

written by Heidi Carroll, SDSU Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate and Russ Daly DVM, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, used with permission, originally appeared at SDSU iGrow Lameness can be attributed to many factors yet the physical response to favor a limb is likely related to the animal’s pain threshold. The presence of pain is a critical well-being […]

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Cattle Handling Considerations Part 2: Stockmanship

Building on the last post here at the Wisconsin Beef Information Center regarding cattle handling safety, Dr. Ron Gill and Dr. Rick Machen, Extension Livestock Specialists at Texas A & M AgriLife Extension have written a fact sheet titled Cattle Handling Tips. This fact sheet addresses several topics regarding how to use cattles natural behavior […]

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Be Careful Working Cattle This Spring

Be Careful Working Cattle this Spring Application of most economically important management practices to commercial cowcalf operations require up close interaction with the cattle. Several of these jobs are carried out during the upcoming months. Before working both cows and calves, it is a “good thing” to “go over” the handling facilities to check for […]

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