Evening Beef Pasture Walk Scheduled for Sept 12 Near Athens

UW-Extension Taylor, Clark and Marathon Counties, together with the North Central WI Cattlemen’s Association and Heartland Cooperative are hosting an Evening Beef Pasture Walk on September 12, 2017 at Greg Nowicki’s, R830 Co Rd M, Athens, WI 54411. Members of the Wisconsin Grass Fed Beef Cooperative, the Nowicki’s have invited us to walk their pastures […]

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Farmer to Farmer website links forage buyers to sellers

Sheboygan, Wis. – Dairy farmers in various parts of Wisconsin experienced severe alfalfa winterkill and injury this past winter. Losses were the greatest on heavy soil types with poorer drainage. “It has been a long time since we’ve seen this degree of alfalfa loss in northeast Wisconsin,” said Mike Ballweg, University of Wisconsin-Extension Sheboygan County […]

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Pasture Rental Rate Considerations

Before the first robin arrives in southwest Wisconsin, I know spring is approaching when the calls about “what’s pasture renting for” questions start coming in.   According to the USDA-National Ag Statistics Survey, the simple answer is that the average was $44/acre dollars for Iowa County in 2016.  We can look up that value for every […]

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New Fact Sheet on Gastrointestinal Parasite Management in Cattle Available from UW Extension

As the seasons change from winter to spring, a grazer’s thoughts turn to fencing repairs and pasture renovations. It’s also time when astute managers who graze cattle plan their deworming strategies. Gastrointestinal parasitic worms (including Ostertagia, Cooperia and Haemonchus) also sense the season’s change. They gear up their reproductive efforts during the event commonly known […]

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Lush Spring Forages and Beef Cow Reproduction

After a long winter, most of us relish the first few warm and sunny days of spring.  For our beef farmers, those first spring days also signal that our pastures will be greening up soon.  Making the transition from winter feeding to spring pasture often represents our most economical and labor efficient feeding of the […]

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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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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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New Dung Beetle Fact Sheet Available

Dung beetles may sound like disgusting insects, but their value to the beef grazing and cattle production industry should not be overlooked. Pasture managers are interested in dung beetles because these insects serve beneficial roles in the microenvironment of a dung pat that positively impact the larger pasture ecosystem. Read more about the dung beetle […]

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Is it time to consider shifting calving dates?

As the price of beef comes back down from record highs, we just have to be patient for input costs to decline by a similar amount.  . . Yeah, right, I also have a bridge to sell.    Cow/Calf enterprise data summarized by the Center for Farm Financial Management at UMN (FINBIN) shows that in 2000 […]

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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 […]

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