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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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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Identifying and Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

Following is a timely article prepared by Travis Meteer, Extension Educator with the University of Illinois. In addition to the following timely information from Travis, the USDA ARS at Clay Center Nebraska has a website the provides heat stress forecast that can help producers be prepared and make management decisions to help minimize heat stress […]

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New Closeout Spreadsheet Available from UW Extension

Once you sell the last of a group of cattle you fed out, do you wonder how they did, or do you take the time to calculate how they did and what the profits or losses were on that group? UW Extension has developed a new spreadsheet tool that provides cattle feeders a tool for […]

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New Stocker Calf Enterprise Budget and Updated Cow-Calf Budget Now Available

A new stocker calf enterprise budget spreadsheet is now available for for use where pasture is a component of the stocker calf program. The new spreadsheet can be downloaded from the WBIC Decision Tools and Software Page or directly here: UW Extension Stocker Budget (xls) For stocker/backgrounding where the calves are backgrunded in dry lot […]

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Be Careful when Pumping Pits this Fall

There has been an increase in incidents involving manure pit gas this fall.  Iowa State Extension has put out a reminder on safety considerations when emptying manure storage. The article can be found here: Pit Gases Pose a Danger in Beef Barns Please Stay Safe This Fall!!

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