Identifying and Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

Following is a timely article prepared by Travis Meteer, Extension Educator with the University of Illinois. In addition to the following timely information from Travis, the USDA ARS at Clay Center Nebraska has a website the provides heat stress forecast that can help producers be prepared and make management decisions to help minimize heat stress […]

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New Closeout Spreadsheet Available from UW Extension

Once you sell the last of a group of cattle you fed out, do you wonder how they did, or do you take the time to calculate how they did and what the profits or losses were on that group? UW Extension has developed a new spreadsheet tool that provides cattle feeders a tool for […]

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New Stocker Calf Enterprise Budget and Updated Cow-Calf Budget Now Available

A new stocker calf enterprise budget spreadsheet is now available for for use where pasture is a component of the stocker calf program. The new spreadsheet can be downloaded from the WBIC Decision Tools and Software Page or directly here: UW Extension Stocker Budget (xls) For stocker/backgrounding where the calves are backgrunded in dry lot […]

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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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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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UW Extension Manure Gas Safety Webinar now available on YouTube

The UW Extension Manure Gas Safety Webinar that was held on September 8th has been recorded and is now available on YouTube for  you to watch at your convenience. Manure Gas Safety Webinar (YouTube video) Additional resources on Manure Safety: Manure Storage Pit Dangers: Identifying Hazardous Gases, Technical Guidance for Selection and Use of Monitors […]

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New Implant Fact Sheet Available

The proper development of an implant strategy can improve daily gains up to 20%, improve efficiency up to 15% and reduce cost of production at least 10%. Improper implant use and lack of management adjustments with certain implant programs may reduce quality grade, and increase undesirable side effects. To help beef producers gain a better […]

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Two UW Research Trial Reports Now Available

Two recently completed research trials summary reports are now available here on the WBIC website. A research trial comparing different implant protocols on yearling Holstein steers was conducted at Lancaster.  The summary of the trial can be found here: Implant Strategy Comparison When Feeding Heavy Holstein Steers (pdf) The second trial compared substituting different levels […]

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