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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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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Black baldie cow on green pasture background. Body areas to look for fat are numbered: 1-backbone, 2-ribs, 3-tailhead, as well as hooks & pins, 4-brisket, 5-flanks.

Body Condition Scoring in Spring

There are several points in the year that are a good time to re-evaluate beef cattle body condition scores.  Ideally, body condition is evaluated on a monthly basis as it is a road map to ensuring your cattle have the nutrition they need. Beef cattle are generally evaluated on a nine point scoring system.  The major areas of evaluation for fat cover include the spine, ribs, hook & pin bones, brisket fill, and presence of tailhead fat. 

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Picture of a messy desk.

Moving Recordkeeping Towards Financial Management

This is the time of year that many farmers dread: the culmination of a year of receipts, tax season!  You painstakingly keep track of purchases, livestock sold, crop sold, depreciation on equipment, etc. All of this hard work and effort cumulates into the famed schedule F (and other forms) to complete your taxes.  Whew!  Another season under the belt. Wait, don’t stop there. 

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Young Sumatra rooster-head and neck, focused on the eye

How animals see the world

At some point in the course of raising animals, whether that is poultry, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, or some other critter, you will inevitably be moving them around your property.  One of the easy mistakes to make as an animal owner is in how you approach animal handling.  Mistakes in animal handling can lead to cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, or worse.  When working with animals, “slow is fast”. 

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A view of a loin at the 12th rib on one of the carcasses in this study.

Making Beef Out of Dairy

Dairy beef cross cattle have become an increasingly popular option for dairy farmers looking to capture additional market value on calves that aren’t needed for the dairy herd.  Many dairy farms are selecting a percentage of their lower-potential or low-producing animals of the herd and breeding to beef sires.  Breeding to beef sires with carcass […]

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light cream colored cattle on pasture

Guía para criar ganado de carne saludable

Si está pensando en criar ganado vacuno en pequeña escala, esta publicación le ayudará a considerar los aspectos clave de la operación. Cubre el sistema de producción y selección de razas, instalaciones, alimentación, compra de ganado, regulaciones y más (4 páginas, 2010). Esta publicación también está disponible en inglés.

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Foto del parto de la vaca, utilizado con permiso. Foto por Sandy Stuttgen, Condado de Taylor UW-Extension.

Serie de video de parto lechero

Se está desarrollando una nueva serie de videos para ayudar a los trabajadores lecheros a manejar el proceso de parto. Puede ver el primer video de la serie a continuación. Aplicación apropiada de cadenas obstétricas a los pies y las piernas para ayudar al parto El video anterior muestra la forma correcta de aplicar cadenas […]

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