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BQA certification workshops update

Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, they will only purchase from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified. Most dairy farms are FARM certified through their milk processor. Ask your dairy plant representative for help to get a copy of your completed FARM evaluation, or a letter from them […]

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Sire Selection for Beef on Dairy

Current commodity prices have lead many dairy farmers to seek out alternative means of cash flow which has caused an increased interest in mating a portion of the dairy herd to beef sires.  Combinations of sexed semen resulting in increased dairy heifer supply, greater rearing costs, and lower market prices for dairy replacements have made […]

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New Feed Cost Comparison Spreadsheet Available

A new spreadsheet tool is now available to help beef producers compare different feedstuff options on protein and energy costs. As we move into the winter feeding season, a number of producers are looking at feedstuffs to supplement their home grown feeds to meet their animals needs. To utilize the new spreadsheet, producers enter in […]

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UW Extension 2018 Fall Cattle Feeder Enterprise Projections

We have updated and revised our annual fall cattle feeder projections for 2017. Fall 2018 Cattle Feeder Projections (xls)  tabs across the bottom show the different scenarios that are summarized on the first tab. Fall 2018 purchase prices were determined by looking at early October area feeder sales in western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. Projected […]

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Using High Quality Alfalfa in Growing and Finishing Rations

Discussions with cattle feeders on growing and finishing rations often revolve around corn silage, grain, and co-product feeds like distiller’s grains or other grain processing feedstuffs. I also often hear folks make comments that beef cattle do not need high quality hay.  While some classes of beef cattle do not need high quality alfalfa hay, […]

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Cornstalks for Beef Cow Feed is a No-brainer

The best way to utilize cornstalks is to graze them. Cattle graze selectively, looking for the more palatable feedstuffs. The more palatable parts of the plant are also more nutritious. Cattle first eat the remaining corn grain, then husks, then leaves, and finally the stalk. Cattle will eat the more digestible and higher protein portions […]

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Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet Update and New App Available

A recent update to the Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet and the new Corn Silage Pricing app for iPhones and iPads are now available. The Corn Silage iPhone/Pad app is available at the iTunes store here: Corn Silage Pricing App for iDevices  The Excel Spreadsheet with some updates is available here: Corn Silage Pricing Excel Spreadsheet […]

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BQA Certification Trainings Scheduled

Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, buyers representing them will only purchase cattle from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified. Most dairy farms are certified with their dairy processor; ask your dairy rep for help in providing your FARM Certification number at the point of sale. This will […]

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