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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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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Recent Survey Captures Wisconsin Beef Producer’s De-worming Practices

As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change color, beef producers’ thoughts are turning to the annual fall “round-up”; which includes, weaning calves, pregnancy checking cows and heifers and often includes vaccinating and deworming. A recent survey of Wisconsin Beef Producers, by UW-Extension Agents showed that de-worming of cows once a year in […]

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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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