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African swine fever: why should we care?

In this day and age of global economies, we get inundated with all kinds of information of what is going on in the US and the world.  Not a day goes by that don’t hear about a natural disaster or disease outbreak in another country.  We hope the next disaster or disease won’t be here […]

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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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Understanding Immunity

The concept of immunity is based on an animal’s ability to recognize “self” and “non-self”.  Differentiation between what should be present in the animal and what shouldn’t be (something foreign) allows for the animal’s immune system to neutralize or destroy toxins or invading microorganisms which are “non-self”.  There are two branches of immunity that every […]

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Guía para criar cerdos sanos

La producción de cerdos ha sido durante mucho tiempo un elemento básico de la agricultura de Wisconsin. Si usted está pensando en criar cerdos como una fuente de alimento o de renta, usted deseará leer esta guía antes de comenzar su manada. Cubre las consideraciones clave, incluyendo la vivienda, cuidado, manejo y comercialización, con un […]

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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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Livestock Owners Pay Careful Attention to Animals During Cold Weather

January 3, 2014- Weather forecasts are predicting some very cold weather for the weekend.  Livestock owners should pay special attention to their animals this weekend and through next week.  Pay attention to calves as they are more susceptible to the cold than mature animals.  If possible, provide extra dry bedding this weekend to help protect […]

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