Wisconsin School For Beginning Market Growers

UW-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems is offering Wisconsin School For Beginning Market Growers January 9-11, 2015.  Download the 2015 flyer and registration information here. Register online                   The Wisconsin School For Beginning Market Growers is an intensive three-day course that demonstrates what it takes to set […]

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Thistle Management: A Prickly Issue!

During summer, thistles are a common sight throughout southwest Wisconsin in pastures, roadsides, and CRP land and a popular question from landowners is: “How do I control thistles???” First, let’s talk biology! It is important to understand that different thistle species (as well as other weeds) have different life cycles, and this information is critical […]

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Safe Handling of Livestock

There are many times when working livestock that an animal has bolted, got spooked, or just plain won’t do what we want them to. In these situations there can be an increase in the fear level of the animal and an increase in the agitation level of the handler. In this situation, the chances for […]

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Winter Livestock Care Tips

Care for livestock in cold climates like Wisconsin requires some attention to those basic needs for water, food, and shelter as your animals cope with the additional physical stress that winter weather brings us all. While most animals are very well adapted to handle cold weather, ensuring that they have adequate water, appropriate feed amounts […]

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Calving of Beef Cows

Some resources on calving of beef cows from UW-Madison, Dept. of Animal Science. Description of Beef Cow Enterprises Calving – Spring Calving – Fall Calving – Winter

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Specialty Mushroom Crops

Small scale farmers can diversify their crop production by adding in a variety of specialty mushroom species  to their current vegetable or woodland production systems.  The following website links provide basic resource information to help select appropriate species and cultivation processes. USDA fact sheets and websites for growing specialty mushroom crops: http://www.reportlinker.com/report/best/keywords/Mushroom?utm_source=adwords1&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Food&utm_adgroup=Mushroom&gclid=COOZjJqqtr8CFabm7Aod71EArA ATTRA Shiitake and […]

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Hay: Buy the Bale or by the ton

Buying hay can be a major feed expense for people owning livestock since it makes up a large part of the diets of sheep, cattle, horses, goats, etc. Here in southwest Wisconsin, we are fortunate to live in an area where hay is readily available. However, our climate is not always ideal for making good […]

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