Evaluating Herd Profitability

Weaning time is just around the corner for our spring calving cows and as we prepare to separate our cows from their calves we should additionally prepare to evaluate certain benchmarks that represent our cow herd’s productivity and overall profitability.  Weaning Percentage One such benchmark that holds great economic importance to our cow herd is […]

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Use Extra Care When Hauling Cattle in Hot Weather

Wisconsin’s soil types and weather patterns, which support the growth of a variety of forages, are ideal for raising cattle. We have two seasons (cold winter and hot summer) that do not support cattle very well, but in general, even those times are limited in the length of time during which cattle may struggle, with […]

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Good management can help beat the summer heat

Water is the most important nutrient an animal requires and consumes daily. Depending on weight, production stage, and environmental temperature, cattle require varying amounts of water. A University of Georgia publication suggests for cattle in 90 °F temperatures, a growing animal or a lactating cow needs two gallons of water per 100 pounds of body […]

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Reconsidering Warm Season Forages

Alfalfa is wonderful grazing plant.  It’s easy to establish, has great tonnage, good quality and grows well in hot, dry conditions. On the other hand, it’s not perfect. Alfalfa needs re-seeding which is costly and it needs to be mechanically harvested 3-4 times a year if not grazed.  In addition, our typical cool, wet May […]

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Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

The forecast for this weekend in highs in the 90’s with humidity to make the heat indexes likley in the 100’s. For feedlot cattle, hot temperature for 2 or 3 days plus warm nights mean increased risk for heat stress. With a chance for rain on Thursday, humidity will increase making it difficult for heavy […]

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Pricing Standing Hay App Now Available for iPhones & iPads

Just in time for first crop hay in 2018 the UW-Extension pricing standing hay app     is now available in both Android and IOS versions. iPhone and iPad users can find the free app at  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hay-pricing/id1381165835?mt=8 or search the App Store for “Hay Pricing”.  The IOS version also includes links to the latest edition of the Alfalfa […]

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Digital Dermatitis isn’t just a dairy herd problem

Digital dermatitis (DD), also known as hairy heel warts, was discovered in 1974 in Italy. The disease first popped up in US dairy herds in the 1980’s, and spread rapidly during the 1990’s as herds expanded. The co-mingling of multiple dairy herds into one barn or facility made a perfect scenario for DD to infect […]

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Feed-Out Programs Comparisons for Spring 2018

It is not uncommon for beef producers to raise the question on net profitability of different production approaches to feed out cattle to harvest weights.  Some of the comparisons that often come into question are beef breed vs Holstein steers, or grass fed versus grain fed. Recently Dr. Dan Schaefer – UW Animal Sciences Dept, […]

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