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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New BQA Transportation Training & Certification Program Available Online

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training is available now, and we in Wisconsin are working to […]

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Marketing… don’t forget your cull cows

Fall is that time of year when cow calf producers are gathering in the calf crops, weaning, vaccinating, and pregnancy checking cows.  It should also be a time when marketing strategies and plans are determined.   This means taking some thoughtful time and looking at the options that are available and making a decisions based on […]

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Chute Side Vaccine Management Tips

“Shoot, I messed up the vaccines.” If these words have ever been uttered while processing cows and calves, it may be time for implementation of some simple chute side organization tips. A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration. 70% of beef operations administer vaccines to […]

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UW Extension 2017 Fall Cattle Feeder Enterprise Projections

We have updated and revised our annual fall cattle feeder projections for 2017. New this year is a preconditioning enterprise budget and a budget for finishing beef heifer calves.   Fall 2017 Cattle Feeder Projections (xls) Fall 2017 purchase prices were determined by looking at early October area feeder sales in western Wisconsin and southeastern […]

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The Value of Preconditioning Calves

Preconditioning is a generic term that means different things to different people and encompasses the different operating procedures that may be applied to a calf prior to shipping. Preconditioning activities may include weaning, vaccinations, dehorning, castration, and starting calves on a high energy diet. Several reasons exist for the cow/calf producer to precondition their calves, […]

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Opportunity in value-added dairy-beef calves

Written by: Aerica Bjurstrom, UW Extension Agriculture, Kewaunee County Genomics has changed the face of the livestock industry. Culling decisions can now be made on a computer without even seeing the animal. Genomics has also created opportunity decisions. The biggest by-product of the dairy industry is the Holstein bull calf. Raising Holstein steers can be […]

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Evening Beef Pasture Walk Scheduled for Sept 12 Near Athens

UW-Extension Taylor, Clark and Marathon Counties, together with the North Central WI Cattlemen’s Association and Heartland Cooperative are hosting an Evening Beef Pasture Walk on September 12, 2017 at Greg Nowicki’s, R830 Co Rd M, Athens, WI 54411. Members of the Wisconsin Grass Fed Beef Cooperative, the Nowicki’s have invited us to walk their pastures […]

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Looking at 2-Step Weaning

written by: Kendi Sayre, Summer Intern at University of Illinois Orr Beef Research Center. It is that time of year again when producers are preparing to wean their early born calves. Other than calving, weaning can be one of the most stressful times of the year both on the calf and the cow. Minimizing outside factors […]

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