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Where’s the Beef?  In Wisconsin!

Where’s the Beef? In Wisconsin!

By Amy Radunz, UW Beef Extension Specialist

My two-year anniversary in Wisconsin is quickly approaching. I have had a great time traveling throughout the state conducting Extension programs, visiting farms, and working with the County Extension agents and industry. I must admit, prior to coming to Wisconsin, I wondered how important the beef industry was to Wisconsin, this is the dairy state, right? And since I have come here, a common question from outsiders is how many beef cows are in Wisconsin? I have learned that this stereotype of a dairy state is not very accurate. The state of Wisconsin has a growing and vibrant beef industry, however this is one of the best kept secrets in the state (even those who raise beef cattle aren’t aware!).

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To save livestock, researchers keep an eye on wolves in Wisconsin

To save livestock, researchers keep an eye on wolves in Wisconsin

Here is a great article about the wolves in Wisconsin that I thought would be good to share…
Back in the 1970’s, there were no wolves in the state of Wisconsin. A bounty on the animals had lead to years of hunting that pushed the remaining wolves out of the state. This was bad news for wolves but good news for the livestock managers who had to compete with wolves for their livelihoods.

Today, federal protections have made it possible for wolves to trickle back into Wisconsin from neighboring Minnesota. According the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the gray wolves (also called timber wolves) numbered around 700 in 2010.

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