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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Fall Feeder Cattle Market Prospects

– Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Changes in feeder cattle prices recently have potential impacts for cow-calf and stocker producers this fall. Through July and August, prices for heavy feeder cattle have increased relative to lighter weight feeder cattle. Several factors appear to be impacting feeder cattle price relationships. The August USDA Cattle […]

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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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Cattle Price Update

Cattle prices have had a rough spring. After peaking in late 2014 and early 2015, prices have been adjusting downward from very lofty peaks. High prices and profits at that time provided the incentives to expand beef production. Expanding beef production and a remarkable recovery in total meat supplies continues to put downward pressure on […]

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Capturing Value when Preconditioning Calves

written by: Adam Hady, UW Extension Ag Agent, Richland County, article recently appeared in Wisconsin Agriculturist As the summer grazing season winds down and  time is getting near for cow calf producers to wean calves, they  might be asking themselves, with calf prices as good as they are, is it worth it for me to […]

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Considerations for Delayed Calving to Fall for Open Cows

Written by Ryan Sterry, UW Extension Ag Agent, St. Croix Co., and recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Much of the focus for beef cattle reproduction programs is on breeding cows in a timely fashion and narrowing the range of the calving window.  There’s no getting around the fact that excessive days open, and open […]

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Beef cow culling; an opportunity

Written by Lyssa Seefeldt, UW Extension Ag Agent, Marquette County, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Is your herd on the natural culling cycle (i.e.  animals dying  of old age)?  Is that old beef cow a “hard keeper” over winter and you just cannot keep weight on her?  What do you do with […]

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Beef pricing worksheet for producers considering direct marketing

A new tool is available to beef producers when pricing beef carcasses for consumers. Have you ever been asked by one of your customers how much a freezer full of beef will cost? Do you struggle to convert the live animal value to a carcass based price? Michigan State University Extension and the University of […]

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How Much Can I Afford to Pay for a Bred Female

Currently there are many indicators pointing towards beginning expansion of the beef cow herd.  Wisconsin has typically not seen the reduction in beef cow numbers other parts of the United States have, and there is talk of continued expansion. Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska Extension Educator provides the following information for beef producers to take […]

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