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Calving Book Technology: There’s an app for that

In today’s day and age, we rarely go anywhere without some kind of technology in our pocket or vehicle. Even in the livestock industry, there is an app for many of the tasks we conduct each day that can make our lives easier if we take the time to learn how to use them. From […]

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RAMP Up Your Approach to Johne’s Disease

The bacteria Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) causes a chronic intestinal infection in cattle and other ruminants commonly known as Johne’s Disease. MAP grows slowly and it takes years after the initial infection before the animal develops clinical signs. The animal’s well-being and genetic potential are compromised during this subclinical time. It is very possible that […]

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UW-Extension Annual Cattle Feeders Workshops Slated for Feb 26 through Mar 1

The University of Wisconsin-Extension will be holding the annual Cattle Feeders Workshops at 8 locations around the state February 26th  through March 1st.  This year’s workshop includes a variety of useful information for farmers finishing both dairy and beef breed steers. Dr. Randy Shaver, UW-Extension & UW-Madison Dairy Nutritionist, will show us how corn starch […]

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Wisconsin Dairy & Beef Well Being Conference Slated for March 20 & 21 at Green Bay

The Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-being Conference, slated for March 20 and 21, 2018, will be held at Tundra Lodge Conference Center in Green Bay. It will feature industry-leading professionals addressing animal handling and well-being topics. This conference promises to offer exciting opportunities for farmers, agriculture professionals, and farm workers. New for 2018 is a […]

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Is Your Wisconsin Beef Operation Profitable?

Profitability is in the eye of the beholder. Raising beef may be about many things, and for some, profit is not chief among them. Be honest with yourself. Is the beef operation contributing to your family’s finances? How much do you want your family income to subsidize the beef operation? Turning a profit in a […]

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How to improve AI success rate in your beef herd

Executing a successful reproductive management program for the beef herd often comes down to the details. Many things need to go right, and many things can go wrong, in terms of a beef cow becoming pregnant. Artificial insemination is not right for every beef producer, but it is becoming a more attractive and cost effective […]

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Early Registration for Driftless Beef Conference Ends Jan 12 at midnight

There’s still time. Register before midnight Friday, January 12 and save $30 This is a program beef producers in the region won’t want to miss. Register by midnight, January 12 to receive the early registration rate of $85. Student discounts are available. Walk-in registration is also available at the conference for $115. Program topics   Cover […]

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Out-wintering Beef Cows- Cold Weather Considerations

As we make our way through this extended cold snap, Dr. Mike Baker, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at Cornell University offers the following information to best manage the beef cows during the winter months. In response to cold, changes in behavior and physiology will cause a cow’s appetite to increase and therefore eat more feed; […]

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Anaplasmosis in Wisconsin, should we be concerned?

Those following beef news feeds may be reading about anaplasmosis and the dilemma of increasing resistance to the parasiticides used to kill the ticks that vector this disease. For cattle in Wisconsin however, transmission of Anaplasma is not so much about the tick or biting insects as it is about our husbandry and biosecurity practices. […]

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Driftless Region Beef Conference to be Held Jan. 25-26

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference.  The sixth annual event will be held Jan. 25-26, 2018, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque. The driftless region in these states contains rolling hills, […]

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