It’s Heating Up, So Keep Your Livestock Comfortable

Westfield, WI; July 17, 2019 It’s fair week and one thing is for sure… it’s going to be a hot one this year.  With all of the days of the fair forecasted to be in the 80s or above (except for Sunday), it is important that all livestock exhibitors have a game plan in place […]

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round hay bale in field at sunset

Reducing livestock hay loss over winter

Feed costs tend to be one of the most costly parts of caring for livestock- whether for horses, cattle, sheep or goats.  One large component of feed cost is how much hay your critters are using (or wasting). A University of Minnesota study evaluated the use of nine different types of round bale feeders for […]

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beef cow and calf on dormant pasture

Shifting Calving Time

With the new year just upon us, it might seem a bit early to be thinking about calving if you are a beef farmer.  However, if you are an early calving farm starting the calving season in February, now may be the time to adjust your feeding schedule to get more of your calves born […]

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Winter care

With the onset of winter comes additional care of livestock.  A few of the key pieces to care of livestock in the wintertime is access to fresh water, dry bedding, ample feed, and shelter. For any livestock that is kept outdoors or in a barn where indoor temperatures follow the outdoor temperatures, winter is a […]

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Putting money in the till

By Richard Halopka, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent for Clark County When working in private industry one day my boss told me “we need to put some money in the till.” My first thought was what is he talking about? The simple answer is every day when you begin the day you turn on the lights and make […]

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White Park beef calf with anti-nursing tag inserted in the nose.

Low-stress weaning part 2

Weaning is the process of acclimating a mammal to eating food other than milk and removing dependency on the mother.  In nature this process occurs gradually, over time.  After hitting the peak of lactation, the milk supply from the mother will slowly decrease.  At the same time the milk supply decrease is occurring, the social […]

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White Park beef cows and crossbred calves on pasture.

Low-stress weaning part 1

With the changing of seasons comes a change in farmer schedules.  In a few weeks many beef farmers will begin weaning calves off of the cows on pasture.  This is a stressful time for both the cow and calf.  “Traditional” weaning calls for an abrupt separation of the cow and calf.  This results in the […]

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speckled cow on pasture with barn and silos in background.

Soil Fertility Guidelines for Pastures

As we start to enter the harvest season, it is also a good time to think about completing soil testing for the upcoming growing season. The publication A4034 Soil Fertility Guidelines for Pastures in Wisconsin provides some context about where to test in pastures, where NOT to test, and some general guidelines about liming and […]

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Hereford and black baldie cows on pasture with wooded background and clear blue sky.

Short on Pasture?

Are you getting short on pasture?  Take a look at publication A3902, Extending grazing and reducing stored feed needs.

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Jersey cattle eating silage in a headlock freestall barn.

Quality silage

Quality feed is very important for production of milk on a farm.  Cows are fed a total mixed ration (TMR) that is balanced according to the nutritional needs of the animal.  Energy in the diet is especially important for dairy cattle for daily production of milk, support of digestive health, and for effective utilization of […]

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