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 properties and kernel processing can impact feedlot cattle performance. Corn in various forms is important in Wisconsin feedlot rations. Recent research has shed new light on how kernel starch properties, fermentation, and particle size, can affect cattle performance. Dr. Shaver has presented this information to cattle feeders in Kansas and Nebraska.
Recently several decision making tools were updated and added to the Wisconsin Beef Information Center (https://fyi.uwex.edu/wbic) including cow calf, stocker, and feedlot enterprise budgets, a yardage calculator, and close out budget. Bill Halfman, UW-Extension, will be providing an overview and demonstration of these tools.
Safety for people and cattle during hauling, minimizing bruising, and biosecurity are all important components of successful transportation of cattle. Adam Hady, UW-Extension, will provide an update on transportation quality assurance, and what you can do on your farm to address this increasingly important topic.
Dr. Brenda Boetel, UW-Extension & UW-River Falls Livestock Economist, will present her annual market outlook for 2018.
Following are dates, locations, and location host offices for the Workshop Series. Click on each location link for the information specific to that location.
Monday February 26
Afternoon- Mondovi– Buffalo County Extension Office- 608-685-6256
Evening- Baldwin– St. Croix County Extension Office- 715-531-1930
Tuesday February 27
Afternoon- Marion– Waupaca County Extension Office- 715-258-6230
Evening- Waldo– Washington County Extension Office- 262-335-4477
Wednesday February 28
Daytime- Stevens Point– Marquette County Extension Office 608-297-3141
Evening- Jefferson– Jefferson County Extension Office- 920-674-7295
Thursday March 1
Daytime- Richland Center– Richland County Extension Office 608-647-6148
Evening- Sparta- Monroe County Extension Office- 608-269-8722