Cull potatoes as a feed source

Many growers are facing increased feed costs and shortages of decent quality forages.  This year it appears that there is a greater supply of cull potatoes that usual in the state. Cull potatoes may be an economical feed source that some beef farmers can use to feed their cattle.  Potatoes are high in starch and […]

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Be on the Lookout for Aflatoxin Problems this Fall

The hot dry growing season was favorable for aspergillus mold in corn.  Aspergillus mold growth can lead to the presence of aflatoxin on the corn grain.  There have already been a few reports of problems from Iowa due to aflatoxins this fall.  Testing any suspect corn  is a good idea this year, especially when looking […]

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Marketing cattle to be the focus of UW Extension Cattle Feeders Clinics in February

In the last year, cattle feeders have witnessed record high commodity cattle prices as well as continued volatility in the grain markets. Wisconsin cattle feeders who are seeking information on how to manage their risk or learn about alternative cattle feeding options should attend this year’s cattle feeder clinics. The clinics will be held in seven locations throughout the state the week of February 13, 2012 and will provide information relevant to both beef and dairy beef feeders.

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Access to Water Critical for Wintering Beef Cattle

by Rhonda R. Gildersleeve, UW Extension Grazing Specialist, featured in January Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Cattle need daily access to water to meet their needs during winter months, although the total amount consumed decreases compared to warmer weather conditions. Water intake by beef cattle is quite constant up to 40⁰F. Table 1 lists the expected daily water intake of various classes of beef cattle under cool temperature conditions.

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Back to Basics: Ruminant Digestive System

This will be a series of posts that will discuss some basic information about beef cattle production that would apply to anyone raising beef. The first post in the series will focus on the ruminant digestive system. The unique digestive system of cattle allows them to digest feeds other livestock cannot, however it is also responsible for reduced feed efficiency compared to other livestock species such as poultry or swine. In order to understand how we may improve feed efficiency and reduce feed costs, it is important to understand how the digestive system works.

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Tips to Reduce Winter-Feeding Hay Costs for Beef Herd

Submitted by Amy Radunz, UW Extension Beef Specialist, and Bill Halfman, UW Extension Ag Agent , Written for Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Winter-feeding of the beef cows represents the greatest expense in most beef cow-calf enterprises. Currently high feed prices, even for hay, should cause farmers to evaluate their winter-feeding strategies to identify ways to reduce feed costs through minimizing feed waste.

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What is on your list of what I didn’t do last year?

By Amy Radunz, UW Extension Beef Cattle Specialist A critical part of success in a beef operation is to evaluate the effectiveness of choices that were made throughout the year.  We will commonly analyze the decisions we made over the year and use some criteria to decide whether they were successful.  But what about the […]

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Solving the efficiency puzzle: Are we missing something?

Note: An article which well describes some of limitations of using RFI indexes for selection for feed efficiency, so re-posted here for your information.
By SCOTT LAKE Beef Cattle Extension Specialist and GARY MOSS Professor University of Wyoming
There has been a tremendous buzz throughout the beef industry the last few years and the buzz is “efficiency”. Almost every symposium and popular press publication has at least one talk or article about efficiency.

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Source and Age Preimium Expected to Decline

We are finalizing our plans for the 2012 Cattle Feeder Clinic Series which will be held Feb. 13-17 with locations to be announced shortly. One of the topics will include information on alternative markets for feeders, such as age and source; all natural, and grass-fed. Here is some timely information on age and source verified cattle market.

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