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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Farmer to Farmer website links forage buyers to sellers

Sheboygan, Wis. – Dairy farmers in various parts of Wisconsin experienced severe alfalfa winterkill and injury this past winter. Losses were the greatest on heavy soil types with poorer drainage. “It has been a long time since we’ve seen this degree of alfalfa loss in northeast Wisconsin,” said Mike Ballweg, University of Wisconsin-Extension Sheboygan County […]

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Pasture Rental Rate Considerations

Before the first robin arrives in southwest Wisconsin, I know spring is approaching when the calls about “what’s pasture renting for” questions start coming in.   According to the USDA-National Ag Statistics Survey, the simple answer is that the average was $44/acre dollars for Iowa County in 2016.  We can look up that value for every […]

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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 Fact Sheet on Gastrointestinal Parasite Management in Cattle Available from UW Extension

As the seasons change from winter to spring, a grazer’s thoughts turn to fencing repairs and pasture renovations. It’s also time when astute managers who graze cattle plan their deworming strategies. Gastrointestinal parasitic worms (including Ostertagia, Cooperia and Haemonchus) also sense the season’s change. They gear up their reproductive efforts during the event commonly known […]

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Lush Spring Forages and Beef Cow Reproduction

After a long winter, most of us relish the first few warm and sunny days of spring.  For our beef farmers, those first spring days also signal that our pastures will be greening up soon.  Making the transition from winter feeding to spring pasture often represents our most economical and labor efficient feeding of the […]

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New Samonella Biosecurity Fact Sheet Now Available

The 2015-2016 Salmonella outbreak traced to Wisconsin dairy bull calves serves as a reminder of the zoonotic threat posed by this pathogen. The Center for Disease Control reports 36 people from ten states were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg. No deaths were reported, but 13 individuals were hospitalized, and 25 […]

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Be Prepared for the Calving Crunch

Being prepared for any event is going to reduce your stress. Preparing for the upcoming, already underway by some, calving season will reduce stress during that intense time as a cow-calf producer.   Considering the following tips to plan and prepare can help reduce calf loss, putting more profit in your pocket. Late Gestation Nutrient […]

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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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