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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Winter Management of Beef Cows

It looks like winter is arriving this weekend, following are some tips to help cattle get through in good shape. In the upper Midwest, winter is a fact of life.  It is common to see severe cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills and snow.  Good winter management practices contribute to healthy and productive cattle, reasonable feed […]

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Is it time to consider shifting calving dates?

As the price of beef comes back down from record highs, we just have to be patient for input costs to decline by a similar amount.  . . Yeah, right, I also have a bridge to sell.    Cow/Calf enterprise data summarized by the Center for Farm Financial Management at UMN (FINBIN) shows that in 2000 […]

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An Ounce of Prevention—Salt, a Pound of Cure

Most beef cattle producers understand the importance of providing high quality nutritional feedstuffs to achieve herd-specific goals of better production or herd health.  The bottom line of production will always be the bottom line. Anyone in business is willing to cut costs if it means producing the same high quality product with an increased profit […]

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Two UW Research Trial Reports Now Available

Two recently completed research trials summary reports are now available here on the WBIC website. A research trial comparing different implant protocols on yearling Holstein steers was conducted at Lancaster.  The summary of the trial can be found here: Implant Strategy Comparison When Feeding Heavy Holstein Steers (pdf) The second trial compared substituting different levels […]

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Beef Cow Nutrition From Calving to Breeding

Many producers are now in full swing of calving season or soon will be in the Northern Plains. Although late winter has been relatively mild with above average temperatures the last few weeks, we had snow and cold temperatures in December and January that challenged the nutritional status of cows this winter. Additionally, we are […]

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Simple 2-part cow rations for this winter

Article written by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture and used with permission Depending on your farm set-up, available equipment, and your willingness to purchase diesel fuel, your least-cost ration may look very different than your neighbors. Availability and proximity to co-product feeds, such as corn gluten feed (CGF) and dried distillers […]

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First-Calf Beef Heifers Can Benefit from a Little TLC

Written by Aerica Bjurstrom, UW Extension Ag Agent- Kewaunee County, article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Calving season will soon be in full swing in many Wisconsin beef herds, and with that comes a list of challenges to manage. One challenge you can head off at the pass is managing your first-calf heifers. First-calf […]

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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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Feeding a Beef Cow: Analyze Your Options

Written by: Zen Miller, UW Extension Ag Agent Feed costs for over-wintering a beef cow are a major expense in beef cow /calf operations.  Some decisions have already been made that will affect the outcome of both your costs and success at this point. If you have fed to the appropriate body condition you do […]

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