Holstein Feeder Yardage Survey Summary

UW Extension conducted a survey of farms in Wisconsin to examine yardage costs associated with their Holstein steer finishing enterprise. This Holstein steer yardage survey focused on overhead, labor/management, bedding, and direct expenses generally associated with yardage costs.  It did not include feed, animal, and veterinarian/ pharmaceutical related costs.  This project was conducted by UW […]

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Recommendations for Receiving Cattle: Health and Nutrition

One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle. Minimizing the stress of weaning, marketing, and shipping can have a large impact on the bottom line. Giving new cattle everything they need to remain healthy during the feeding period is the right thing to do from an animal well-being […]

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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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UW-River Falls & UW Extension to offer a feedlot shortcourse for farmers

River Falls, WI – Few cattlemen have the chance to follow cattle once they leave the farm through the process of becoming cuts meat consumers buy and get an opportunity to learn about how feedlot management may impact profitability. The Feedlot Shortcourse is being offered to provide this unique opportunity to cattle producers by UW […]

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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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Where’s the Beef? In Wisconsin!

By Amy Radunz, UW Beef Extension Specialist

My two-year anniversary in Wisconsin is quickly approaching. I have had a great time traveling throughout the state conducting Extension programs, visiting farms, and working with the County Extension agents and industry. I must admit, prior to coming to Wisconsin, I wondered how important the beef industry was to Wisconsin, this is the dairy state, right? And since I have come here, a common question from outsiders is how many beef cows are in Wisconsin? I have learned that this stereotype of a dairy state is not very accurate. The state of Wisconsin has a growing and vibrant beef industry, however this is one of the best kept secrets in the state (even those who raise beef cattle aren’t aware!).

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Decision-making tools for feeding cattle

As fall and harvest starts to wind down in Wisconsin, some farmers are starting to buy feeders to feed for the winter. This year, farmers are taking a more critical look at the economics of their feeding operation with strong feeder calf prices and high corn prices. The UW Extension Livestock Team has developed some helpful decision-making tools for this purpose.

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