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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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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Now is the Time to Plan Ahead for Veterinary Feed Directive Changes

Increasing interest in preventing the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria and protecting the effectiveness of the antimicrobials that we have fueled the initiative behind the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule changes.  The VFD regulation changes on medically important antimicrobials used in livestock feeds, previously available as over-the-counter medications, will be coming into effect in January […]

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Does Your Trailer Fit Your Cattle?

There is no denying that finished cattle weights and sizes have increased over time. There has also been shown an increase in bruises on fed cattle carcasses that result in losses from trim at the packer in some high value parts of the carcasses. A recent investigation conducted by Kansas State has shown that some […]

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Is Your Truck and Trailer Ready to Transport?

This time of the year we see an increase in the number of cattle hauled in trucks and trailers.  Cattle are brought home from outlying pastures, Calves are weaned and cattle and calves are separated, sometimes to different locations, and calves transported to sale barns and feedlots. Before hauling livestock take time to check over […]

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Recent Survey Captures Wisconsin Beef Producer’s De-worming Practices

As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change color, beef producers’ thoughts are turning to the annual fall “round-up”; which includes, weaning calves, pregnancy checking cows and heifers and often includes vaccinating and deworming. A recent survey of Wisconsin Beef Producers, by UW-Extension Agents showed that de-worming of cows once a year in […]

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Handling Basics: Is time on your side?

Translating Time’s Impacts “This is the way we’ve always done it.” I need more than my fingers and toes to count how many times I’ve heard producers tell me this phrase. However, transportation and handling are not the times to maintain this mentality, especially when weather adds additional stress to the animals. Sources of stress […]

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Medication Administration and Remote Delivery- BQA Considerations

Proper administration of animal health products is a key element of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines and antibiotic stewardship. Producers must continue to follow BQA principles when determining the proper administration method, technique and tools. With the recent increase in interest and usage of remote delivery systems (darts containing medication) in the beef cattle industry, […]

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Sustainability of WI Beef and Pork Producers: WHAT IS DONE ON THE FARM?

Submitted by: Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, Extension Educator, UW Extension- Taylor County The Wisconsin pork and beef industries are being proactive in documenting the sustainability of their producers while ensuring grower engagement in the process.  These industries partnered with the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture to develop and implement a baseline sustainability assessment on farm level […]

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