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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Preconditioning Calves; Is it in the Cards?

As the summer grazing season winds down and the time is getting near for cow calf producers to wean calves, they might be asking themselves, with the prices of many agricultural commodities, can I add some value to my calves by preconditioning my calves or just sell them right off the cow?  For starters, what […]

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Evaluating Herd Profitability

Weaning time is just around the corner for our spring calving cows and as we prepare to separate our cows from their calves we should additionally prepare to evaluate certain benchmarks that represent our cow herd’s productivity and overall profitability.  Weaning Percentage One such benchmark that holds great economic importance to our cow herd is […]

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Use Extra Care When Hauling Cattle in Hot Weather

Wisconsin’s soil types and weather patterns, which support the growth of a variety of forages, are ideal for raising cattle. We have two seasons (cold winter and hot summer) that do not support cattle very well, but in general, even those times are limited in the length of time during which cattle may struggle, with […]

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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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Reconsidering Warm Season Forages

Alfalfa is wonderful grazing plant.  It’s easy to establish, has great tonnage, good quality and grows well in hot, dry conditions. On the other hand, it’s not perfect. Alfalfa needs re-seeding which is costly and it needs to be mechanically harvested 3-4 times a year if not grazed.  In addition, our typical cool, wet May […]

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Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

The forecast for this weekend in highs in the 90’s with humidity to make the heat indexes likley in the 100’s. For feedlot cattle, hot temperature for 2 or 3 days plus warm nights mean increased risk for heat stress. With a chance for rain on Thursday, humidity will increase making it difficult for heavy […]

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Pricing Standing Hay App Now Available for iPhones & iPads

Just in time for first crop hay in 2018 the UW-Extension pricing standing hay app     is now available in both Android and IOS versions. iPhone and iPad users can find the free app at  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hay-pricing/id1381165835?mt=8 or search the App Store for “Hay Pricing”.  The IOS version also includes links to the latest edition of the Alfalfa […]

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