Beef Information

It’s time to start thinking about feed stocks for winter.  Learn how to Determine Winter Feed Needs for Beef Cattle.  

 

What’s new at the Arlington Research Station?

Dung beetles may sound like disgusting insects, but their value to the beef grazing and cattle production industry should not be overlooked. This project was conducted at the UW Arlington Agricultural Research Station (AARS) Beef Grazing unit during the summer of 2012.

Pasture managers are interested in dung beetles because these insects have beneficial roles in the microenvironment of a dung pat that positively impacts the larger pasture ecosystem. Dung beetles may play a significant role in controlling horn fly populations. Horn flies also use dung to reproduce and the adults are biting insects that feed on the blood of cattle and other grazing livestock. Their pesky biting behavior can greatly reduce cattle weight gains, reduce vitality, and may cause animal injuries as the cattle try to stop their annoying blood-sucking bites… Read the full report on Investigating the Dung Beetle at Arlington.

 

 WI Beef Information Center News

  • New fact sheets on proper injection practices and making a chute side cooler available September 27, 2019
    As we head into weaning and fall herd health management season it is important to correctly store, handle and administer animal health products.  This insures that the product is able to work in the animal like it is supposed to, and minimize damage to muscles that are ultimately going to be a food product.  Two […]
  • Feed Bunk Management; Key to Animal Health and Performance September 25, 2019
    Part of feedbunk management is estimating how much feed cattle will eat.  Factors such as cattle size, weight, breed, ration-type, weather and health must be taken into account.  Previous history of feed intake for a pen of cattle can help in estimations. How much work do you want to put into gaining an estimate of […]
  • Nutrition of Soil, Forage and Beef Cattle August 15, 2019
    Your 2019 calf crop has crossed the halfway point of days to weaning!  As we start heading into the fall season it’s time to measure the forage available in the pasture and prepare the land and cattle for the future.  We often don’t consider the soil fertility level in our pastures or realize the options […]
  • Fall Forage Options When Feed Supplies are Short August 13, 2019
    The 2019 growing season has been challenging to say the least when it came to planting and harvesting forages for winter feeding. The wet conditions didn’t allow for getting into the fields on time or even getting crops like corn planted at all in some fields. However, there are fall forage options available to plant […]
  • New fact sheet: considerations for selecting beef bulls for use on dairy cows now available July 16, 2019
    The practice of breeding a percentage of the dairy herd to beef bulls has become a common practice on many dairy farms. While there tends to be a premium paid for these calves (compared to straight Holsteins), increasing reports of greater variability in phenotype than straight Holsteins is occurring. This variability creates problems for cattle […]

 

If you have any questions regarding Agriculture in Marquette County,  please contact:

Marquette County UW-Extension Office
480 Underwood Avenue, P.O. Box 338
Montello, WI 53949-0338
Phone: 608-297-3136

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