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

  • Evaluate body condition going into breeding season June 25, 2020
    The green grass, sun, and cattle on pasture are signs that summer is in full swing and that breeding season is just around the corner for many commercial cow-calf operations. There are various factors to consider for having a successful breeding season and one of those factors is  cow’s body condition. This article will discuss […]
  • A Little Fertilizer Can Result in More Forage in Pastures June 5, 2020
    In the quest for additional forage production options, sometimes the lowest cost and potentially easiest options may be overlooked. A good question to ask is, “Am I managing my pasture resource to optimize forage production?” A new article addressing the timely topic of pasture fertilizer management is available at this link: A Little Fertilizer Can […]
  • The 52nd Annual Beef Improvement Federation Symposium June 5, 2020
    Available online, this will be hosted the week of June 8 starting at noon CDT each day. The conference will be hosted on the Zoom webinar platform. Take a look at the schedule, you will see that there is something for everyone in the beef business. I’ve attended this symposium in the past and they have been […]
  • Bigger Cattle. Warmer Weather. What Can Go Wrong? June 1, 2020
    Key Takeaways Marketing delays caused by production problems at processing plants will result in greater numbers of heavier cattle on feed going into summer. Heavier, fatter cattle are more susceptible to heat stress, especially if they are black-hided. Risk of digestive upset increases as cattle are on feed for longer periods of time and the […]
  • Coronavirus programs and what they mean for livestock producers May 26, 2020
    Overview  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) replenished borrowing authority for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to the tune of $14 billion relative to the June 2020 audit report.  Additionally, on April 17, 2020, President Trump announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).  CFAP includes $19 billion for tw […]

 

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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