UW-Extension Annual Cattle Feeders Workshops Slated for Feb 26 through Mar 1

The University of Wisconsin-Extension will be holding the annual Cattle Feeders Workshops at 8 locations around the state February 26th  through March 1st.  This year’s workshop includes a variety of useful information for farmers finishing both dairy and beef breed steers. Dr. Randy Shaver, UW-Extension & UW-Madison Dairy Nutritionist, will show us how corn starch […]

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2014 UW Extension Cattle Feeder Workshops Proceedings now Available

The annual Cattle Feeders Workshops were held last week at seven locations around the state.  Topics included Remodeling Retired Dairy Facilities for Raising Steers, Factors that Impact Profitability in Feeder Cattle in the Feedlot and Evaluating Bedding Costs and Returns in the Feedlot. We had the opportunity to visit with over 300 beef producers around […]

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Why all cattle feeders should understand grid marketing

When cattle feeders at the 2011 and 2012 Cattle Feeders were asked where the majority of their finished cattle were marketed, over 50% of the producers answered at an auction facility. This is in contrast to the Great Plains which indicated that in 2001 over 45% of cattle were marketed on a grid (i.e. grade and yield). Some reasons why Wisconsin may differ than the Great Plain include smaller feedlot size (average number of head for a Wisconsin feedlot is 29) and easy access to auction facilities with fed cattle sales. However, even when marketing cattle through an auction facility, feeders should understand finished cattle are being evaluated by buyers based on a grid pricing.

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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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Outstanding Programs offered by WBIC in 2012

We have been working hard to finalize our plans for our 2012 Beef Extension programs in Wisconsin. Although some of the details of the programs are not finalized at this time, we wanted to share with you what we have in store for 2012.

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UW Extension 2011 Cattle Feeder Clinics to be held in January

University of Wisconsin-Extension will be conducting its annual Cattle Feeders Series Workshops at ten locations around the state during the weeks of Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. These workshops provide beneficial information to farmers, who finish beef cattle as well as dairy steers; ag lenders; and individuals working in related agribusinesses. Topics and speakers include: […]

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