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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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Guía para criar ovejas sanas

Con el aumento de los mercados de especialidad, tales como alimentos cultivados localmente, queso de oveja y lanas de especialidad, cada vez más ovejas se están criando en pequeñas granjas. Antes de agregar las ovejas a su granja, asegúrese de que ha considerado todos los detalles esenciales en la vivienda y el cuidado de su […]

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Guía para criar cabras sanas

Si está pensando en comenzar una operación de cabra a pequeña escala, aprenda los conceptos básicos antes de decidir si es adecuado para usted. Esta hoja informativa proporciona una visión general de la atención y el manejo de la cabra, incluyendo los requisitos de alimentos y vivienda, cómo proteger a sus animales de la enfermedad, […]

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Arlington Sheep Day

The Annual Arlington Sheep Day will be held Saturday morning, March 11, 2017 at the Public Events Facility of the UW-Madison Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI.  The morning program for adult producers will cover the basics of wool grading making decisions on feeding lambs to different target markets, and an update on current research […]

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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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Best Practices to Increase Your Lamb Crop

The Lamb Resource Center has recently released a series of factsheets on practices that can help you increase your lamb crop.  These simple practices can help you make the most of your flock.  While geared for the sheep industry, many of these practices could apply to goat herds as well.

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Goat Education

Are you interested in goat education?  We just recently made a Goat Education by UW-Extension group on Facebook so you can help us learn what your educational needs are and keep connected with what programs are coming up.  

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Accelerated and off-season lambing

Accelerated and off-season lambing can be a viable niche marketing opportunity.  It might also be a necessity if you have your own sheep and want to show market lambs at the Marquette County Fair, which is an early July show.  Check out the factsheet from Penn State Extension on Off-Season and Accelerated Lamb Production by clicking […]

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