Cornstalks for Beef Cow Feed is a No-brainer

The best way to utilize cornstalks is to graze them. Cattle graze selectively, looking for the more palatable feedstuffs. The more palatable parts of the plant are also more nutritious. Cattle first eat the remaining corn grain, then husks, then leaves, and finally the stalk. Cattle will eat the more digestible and higher protein portions […]

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Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet Update and New App Available

A recent update to the Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet and the new Corn Silage Pricing app for iPhones and iPads are now available. The Corn Silage iPhone/Pad app is available at the iTunes store here: Corn Silage Pricing App for iDevices  The Excel Spreadsheet with some updates is available here: Corn Silage Pricing Excel Spreadsheet […]

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Starting Newly Weaned Calves on Feed

Proper management during the receiving phase is critical to overall health and long-term performance of cattle in the feedlot. Newly weaned calves are faced with the stress of separation from the cow, deprivation of feed and water during transportation, and adaptation to the feedlot environment. Whether calves are being introduced into a backgrounding or finishing […]

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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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Body Condition Scoring is Key Management Tool

Body condition scoring continues to be an important and useful management tool for beef cow/calf producers.  Unfortunately it is often forgotten about.  The current method of evaluating body condition involves visually evaluating the animal, and assigning a body condition score (BCS) that reflects the animal’s current state of condition.  It can be used as a […]

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Out-wintering Beef Cows- Cold Weather Considerations

As we make our way through this extended cold snap, Dr. Mike Baker, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at Cornell University offers the following information to best manage the beef cows during the winter months. In response to cold, changes in behavior and physiology will cause a cow’s appetite to increase and therefore eat more feed; […]

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Five myths surrounding the Veterinary Feed Directive

STILLWATER, Okla. – While it is true change can be a good thing, it rarely occurs without a learning curve. Not surprisingly, then, that is the case with the Veterinary Feed Directive after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently tightened the federal rule. As of Jan. 1, producers must obtain an authorization or prescription […]

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Body Condition Scoring, an Important Fall Management Practice

As we move into fall one of the management practices that is “time well spent” is body condition scoring the cows. This provides us an opportunity to determine where they are, relative to where we want them to be at calving.  From there we can group them accordingly, and determine ration needs. Dr. Glenn Selk, […]

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New UW Extension Mobile App for Pricing Standing Corn Silage

The start of corn silage harvest for 2016 is just around the corner.  In 2015, nearly a quarter of all four million acres of corn planted in WI were harvested as silage with an estimated market value between a quarter and a half billion dollars.  However, like hay, there’s no established commodity market for corn […]

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