Heatmap of turkey operations in Wisconsin.

Talking turkey

Wisconsin may be known as the dairy state, but did you know that we also farm turkeys?  Turkeys are thought to have been domesticated over 2,000 years ago and are a native bird of North America.  The domestic turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is a popular bird to have on small hobby farms due to their unique […]

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Fall harvest safety

Along with shorter days and cooler temperatures comes the fall harvest.  Everyone on the farm knows this means there is a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time.  The unusually wet fall has led to impatience to get out in the fields and get harvest done. One of the first […]

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 […]

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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Poultry Layer Lighting

The leaves are starting to change color.  Soon the leaves will be starting to fall.  As a poultry owner, one of the things that you don’t want to fall is your egg production. Many of us in rural areas are keeping chickens or other poultry these days.  The excitement of different breeds and feather colors […]

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 […]

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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Pastures for Alpaca

Alpaca pasture management can be a challenge due to the grazing pattern behavior.  Learn more about how to get the most out of your pasture with the “Alpaca Pastures in Wisconsin” factsheet.

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 […]