Be Prepared for the Calving Crunch

Being prepared for any event is going to reduce your stress. Preparing for the upcoming, already underway by some, calving season will reduce stress during that intense time as a cow-calf producer.   Considering the following tips to plan and prepare can help reduce calf loss, putting more profit in your pocket. Late Gestation Nutrient […]

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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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Five myths surrounding the Veterinary Feed Directive

STILLWATER, Okla. – While it is true change can be a good thing, it rarely occurs without a learning curve. Not surprisingly, then, that is the case with the Veterinary Feed Directive after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently tightened the federal rule. As of Jan. 1, producers must obtain an authorization or prescription […]

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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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Veterinary Feed Directive Information

Hopefully most of you are aware that the new Veterinary Feed Directive rules go into effect January 1 of 2017, and have been planning accordingly. If you are in need of additional information, the Beef Cattle Institute website hosted by Kansas State has a section with VFD information and resources.  The link to that site […]

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New UW Extension Fact Sheet on Understanding Sire Summaries Available

UW Extension has a new fact sheet providing an overview, introduction and guidelines for using epd’s when evaluating bulls for use on the cow herd.  The fact sheet was prepared by Heather Schlesser, Ph.D, UW Extension Agriculture Agent in Marathon County. The fact sheet is can be found on the UW Extension Beef Cattle Information […]

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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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Winter Management of Beef Cows

It looks like winter is arriving this weekend, following are some tips to help cattle get through in good shape. In the upper Midwest, winter is a fact of life.  It is common to see severe cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills and snow.  Good winter management practices contribute to healthy and productive cattle, reasonable feed […]

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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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