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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Farm Balance Sheets

The most basic farm financial statement is the balance sheet.  The balance sheet is a listing of all of the farm assets and liabilities at a particular point in time.  The balance sheet provides information about the liquidity and solvency of the farm.  It is a great tool for tracking changes in wealth from one […]

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Livestock Lessons: Are There Goats in Your Future?

There is no doubt that goat production is a hot topic in southwest Wisconsin. Over 300 people attended a recent goat seminar at Barneveld. Ground will be broken on April 18 for a new goat milk processing plant in Lancaster. Questions on goat management come into the Extension office on a daily basis. If you […]

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Livestock Lessons: A Fencing Primer

There are several reasons why a landowner might choose to construct a fence. Fences contain livestock and other animals, they can also exclude livestock and other animals, and in other cases the land owner might consider a fence esthetically pleasing. The options range from a single wire of electric to a 5 rail board fence […]

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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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Livestock Lessons: Keeping Your Place Bio-secure

Biosecurity is a word that we hear a lot from veterinarians and governmental agencies. But what is biosecurity and is it something that you should be worried about? Well, this is how I view biosecurity; it is taking measures to prevent the transfer of diseases from place to place and animal to animal. So what […]

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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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Livestock Lessons: Establishing Improved Pastures

Well established and managed pasture is potentially one of the most flexible forage crop options in the Upper Midwest. Pastures are adaptable to any size of dairy or livestock operation, and can provide substantial amounts of quality forage at low cost with good management. Proper establishment and subsequent management will greatly influence production and longevity […]

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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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