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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Important Considerations for Banamine Transdermal® Use

Veterinarians and those who raise food producing animals have legal and ethical obligations to use animal health products correctly. Farmers and veterinarians are required to first follow label directions. The recently FDA approved drug, Banamine Transdermal® is relatively easy to administer making the potential for its inappropriate use high. Work with your VCPR veterinarian in […]

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UW Extension 2018 Cattle Feeders Handouts now Available

The handouts from the UW Extension Cattle Feeders Workshops Series are now available at the WBIC Conference and Workshop Proceeding Page. Thanks to all the beef producers and allied industry folks who attended the workshops at the seven locations around the state this year.  

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Calving Book Technology: There’s an app for that

In today’s day and age, we rarely go anywhere without some kind of technology in our pocket or vehicle. Even in the livestock industry, there is an app for many of the tasks we conduct each day that can make our lives easier if we take the time to learn how to use them. From […]

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RAMP Up Your Approach to Johne’s Disease

The bacteria Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) causes a chronic intestinal infection in cattle and other ruminants commonly known as Johne’s Disease. MAP grows slowly and it takes years after the initial infection before the animal develops clinical signs. The animal’s well-being and genetic potential are compromised during this subclinical time. It is very possible that […]

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Is Your Wisconsin Beef Operation Profitable?

Profitability is in the eye of the beholder. Raising beef may be about many things, and for some, profit is not chief among them. Be honest with yourself. Is the beef operation contributing to your family’s finances? How much do you want your family income to subsidize the beef operation? Turning a profit in a […]

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How to improve AI success rate in your beef herd

Executing a successful reproductive management program for the beef herd often comes down to the details. Many things need to go right, and many things can go wrong, in terms of a beef cow becoming pregnant. Artificial insemination is not right for every beef producer, but it is becoming a more attractive and cost effective […]

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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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Anaplasmosis in Wisconsin, should we be concerned?

Those following beef news feeds may be reading about anaplasmosis and the dilemma of increasing resistance to the parasiticides used to kill the ticks that vector this disease. For cattle in Wisconsin however, transmission of Anaplasma is not so much about the tick or biting insects as it is about our husbandry and biosecurity practices. […]

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New BQA Transportation Training & Certification Program Available Online

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training is available now, and we in Wisconsin are working to […]

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