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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Weaning: Low Stress, Common Sense

Weaning is arguably the most stressful event in a calf’s life. Combining stressors at weaning can inhibit immune response triggering health problems and shut off gains. Fortunately, cattle producers can understand stressing events and manage against the freeway pile-up that can occur at weaning. 4 Major Types of Stress Knowledge of the four major types […]

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Reducing Stress at Weaning

With fall right around the corner, it is time to look at weaning this year’s calf crop.  This is always a time of stress for cows, calves, and the farmer.  So looking at ways that we can reduce stress for all can play an important part in profitability and health of the herd.  The main […]

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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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Selecting Replacement Heifers Based on Birthdate and Age of Dam

Two research studies at the University of Nebraska by Dr. Rick Funston, beef reproductive physiologist at the West Central Research and Extension Center, suggest that the key information needed to identify heifers most likely to be successful as replacements is known the day the heifers are born. The 2012 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report “Effect of […]

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Beef Cow Nutrition From Calving to Breeding

Many producers are now in full swing of calving season or soon will be in the Northern Plains. Although late winter has been relatively mild with above average temperatures the last few weeks, we had snow and cold temperatures in December and January that challenged the nutritional status of cows this winter. Additionally, we are […]

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Simple 2-part cow rations for this winter

Article written by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture and used with permission Depending on your farm set-up, available equipment, and your willingness to purchase diesel fuel, your least-cost ration may look very different than your neighbors. Availability and proximity to co-product feeds, such as corn gluten feed (CGF) and dried distillers […]

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New Body Conditioning Fact Sheet Now Available

Fall around weaning time is a good time to body condition score your cows to help determine which cows are culled, and possibly sort them in to groups to better manage their nutritional needs over the late fall and winter months. Lyssa Seefeldt, UW Extension Ag Agent in Marquette County, and Katie Pfeiffer, former UW […]

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Monitoring Herd Performance: Beef Management & Reproduction Score Card

Written by Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, courtesy of iGrow.org and used with permission Profit or loss in a cow/calf operation depends a great deal on the reproductive efficiency of the herd. For obvious reasons herds that have a high percentage of cows that settle early in the breeding season and deliver live calves are […]

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What Breeding Soundness Does and Does Not Evaluate

By Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, Agriculture Educator, UW-Extension, Taylor County Bull breeding soundness evaluations are quick, economical screens of breeding potential used to determine the bull’s physical preparedness for breeding. Outcomes are best used to identify infertile or sub-fertile bulls rather than superior ones. The diagnosis of ‘satisfactory’ does not attempt to predict fertility as the […]

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