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

  • Beef Cow/Calf Workshop Scheduled for December 12th at Juneau December 2, 2019
    A UW-Extension Beef Cow/Calf producer meeting is being offered to producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations. The Thursday, December 12th agenda will include the following topics and presenters Renovations to Retired Dairy Facilities to Accommodate Beef, by Aerica Bjurstrom, UW Extension Agricultural Educator- Kewau […]
  • Is your beef operation ready for winter? November 27, 2019
    With another Wisconsin winter upon us, it’s a great time to consider cold weather protection for your beef cattle. While winter’s wrath and timing will vary across our state, it’s a safe bet that all Wisconsin cattle herds will feel dangerous weather impacts over the coming months. Planning for cold temperatures and high winds can […]
  • Cow-Calf Enterprise Budget Spreadsheet updated November 24, 2019
    An updated version of the UW Cow-Calf Enterprise Budget Spreadsheet has been loaded to the website.  The updated version corrects some calculation errors in the debt service section of the spreadsheet.  It can be found on the Decision Tools and Software page. Or directly downloaded here : Cow-calf Enterprise Budget Tool
  • Raise the ideal dairy steer November 11, 2019
    Holstein steers are still a significant portion of the finished steer and heifer supply in the U.S. Many cattle feeders are still profitable producing the right kind of Holstein steers. The ideal Holstein steer has the following characteristics: Weighs 1,400 to 1,550 pounds Has a body condition score of 7 using the beef cattle score […]
  • Alfalfa-grass: know the risks, know the benefits November 11, 2019
    There are many benefits to having legumes as part of the pasture sward composition.  While various clovers are the most commonly used legumes, alfalfa is also a viable option with the correct management. A recent article in Progressive Forage Magazine written by Christine Nieman, Ken Albrecht and Dan Schaefer reports the results from trials conducted […] […]


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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