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Recent Heavy Snow and Building Roofs

Due to the recent heavy snowfall there is reason to have concern over heavy snow loads on farm buildings. There have been  reports of farm buildings going down in Wisconsin. In addition, many have concerns for buildings that still have significant amounts of snow on them especially if more snow falls before the current snow […]

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Body Condition Scoring is Key Management Tool

Body condition scoring continues to be an important and useful management tool for beef cow/calf producers.  Unfortunately it is often forgotten about.  The current method of evaluating body condition involves visually evaluating the animal, and assigning a body condition score (BCS) that reflects the animal’s current state of condition.  It can be used as a […]

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2018 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings Now Available

The proceedings from the 2018 Driftless Region Beef Conference are now available for download at no charge from the Iowa State Extension Store. Here is a direct link to page where you can download them: 2018 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings Topics at the 2018 conference included: Cropping tools to prevent molds and mycotoxins Mycotoxins […]

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Cattle Reputation’s Influence on Value

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently forwarded information gathered by a recent survey conducted by CattleFax regarding the benefits received from incorporating BQA objectives. Ethan Oberst reported these findings in his article, “Reputation Cattle Bring More” in the Mid-March 2018 issue of CattleFax. As Oberst states, “…a solid reputation for the animals that an operation […]

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Spring Pasture Renovation

I like to think of myself as planner, but sometimes life happens and we forget about the thinking ahead part.  With pasture renovation, we should be planning and thinking ahead.  When we should be thinking/planning we’re also trying to wrap up a cropping year.  We’re all just busy. Pasture renovation can be partial or a […]

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Important Considerations for Banamine Transdermal® Use

Veterinarians and those who raise food producing animals have legal and ethical obligations to use animal health products correctly. Farmers and veterinarians are required to first follow label directions. The recently FDA approved drug, Banamine Transdermal® is relatively easy to administer making the potential for its inappropriate use high. Work with your VCPR veterinarian in […]

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UW Extension 2018 Cattle Feeders Handouts now Available

The handouts from the UW Extension Cattle Feeders Workshops Series are now available at the WBIC Conference and Workshop Proceeding Page. Thanks to all the beef producers and allied industry folks who attended the workshops at the seven locations around the state this year.  

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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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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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