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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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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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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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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Photo of cow calving, used with permission. Photo by Sandy Stuttgen, Taylor County UWEX.

Dairy Calving Video Series

A new video series is being developed to help dairy workers that managing the calving process.  You can view the first video of the series below. Properly Applying Obstetrical Chains to Feet and Legs to Assist Calving The above video shows the correct way of applying obstetrical chains to the feet and legs of a […]

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Tractor rollbar rebates available

Tractor overturns are the leading cause of farm-related deaths. That’s why it’s so important that each tractor have a rollover protective structure (ROPS). The Wisconsin ROPS Rebate Program reimburses owners up to 70 percent (maximum of $865) toward the total cost of purchasing, shipping and installing individual ROPS. Wisconsin tractor owners can apply for a […]

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Gas Monitors

With the recent manure gas incident in Wisconsin, there has been increased interest in safety around manure handling equipment.  Below is an informational article on gas monitors. Provided by UW Extension Farm Safety Specialist Cheryl Skjolaas Investing in a gas monitor – Which one should I buy? Recent incidents with loss of life – human […]

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Getting the Upper Hand on Cattle Prices

Volatility in the cattle market leaves a lot of unknowns for cattle farmers.  You can start to evaluate where the market is going at BeefBasis, a website developed in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, Kansas State University, and Custom Ag Solutions.  The forecasting section is especially useful for projecting into the future where […]

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