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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Digital Dermatitis isn’t just a dairy herd problem

Digital dermatitis (DD), also known as hairy heel warts, was discovered in 1974 in Italy. The disease first popped up in US dairy herds in the 1980’s, and spread rapidly during the 1990’s as herds expanded. The co-mingling of multiple dairy herds into one barn or facility made a perfect scenario for DD to infect […]

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Feed-Out Programs Comparisons for Spring 2018

It is not uncommon for beef producers to raise the question on net profitability of different production approaches to feed out cattle to harvest weights.  Some of the comparisons that often come into question are beef breed vs Holstein steers, or grass fed versus grain fed. Recently Dr. Dan Schaefer – UW Animal Sciences Dept, […]

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Resources on Building Structures

The recent collapse of several agricultural buildings due to heavy snowloads is a wake up call regarding structural engineering for buildings. Dr. David Bohnhoff, PE, UW Biosystems Engineering, has authored the following two article/ factsheets that provide information on steps to take to help ensure building structures are correctly engineered to minimize the risk of […]

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Recent Heavy Snow and Building Roofs

Due to the recent heavy snowfall there is reason to have concern over heavy snow loads on farm buildings. There have been  reports of farm buildings going down in Wisconsin. In addition, many have concerns for buildings that still have significant amounts of snow on them especially if more snow falls before the current snow […]

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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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2018 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings Now Available

The proceedings from the 2018 Driftless Region Beef Conference are now available for download at no charge from the Iowa State Extension Store. Here is a direct link to page where you can download them: 2018 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings Topics at the 2018 conference included: Cropping tools to prevent molds and mycotoxins Mycotoxins […]

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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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Spring Pasture Renovation

I like to think of myself as planner, but sometimes life happens and we forget about the thinking ahead part.  With pasture renovation, we should be planning and thinking ahead.  When we should be thinking/planning we’re also trying to wrap up a cropping year.  We’re all just busy. Pasture renovation can be partial or a […]

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