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Winter Bedding Considerations for Beef Cattle

While cattle can endure colder outdoor temperatures than humans can, winter bedding is ideal for desirable feed efficiency and growth performance. Understanding the average core temperature of cattle and the thermoneutral zone can help producers make winter bedding decisions. The thermoneutral zone is a range of outdoor temperatures that cattle can endure without changing their […]

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Take precautions to minimize the risk of mycotoxins in feeds this winter

There have been several reports of mold in feeds this year.  In addition, reports of animal health problems due to toxins in feeds have been more frequent than usual.  Higher levels of the mold and spoilage means an increased potential for mycotoxins in feeds. It is important to remember that just because feeds have visible […]

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UW Extension Fall 2019 Cattle Feeder Enterprise Projections

We have updated and revised our annual fall cattle feeder projections for 2019. New this year are dairy x beef cross calf to 400 pounds, dairy x beef cross 400 to finish, and the Holstein bull calf birth to 400 pounds has been put back in. Fall 2019 Cattle Feeder Projections (xls)  tabs across the […]

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Is your beef operation ready for winter?

With another Wisconsin winter upon us, it’s a great time to consider cold weather protection for your beef cattle. While winter’s wrath and timing will vary across our state, it’s a safe bet that all Wisconsin cattle herds will feel dangerous weather impacts over the coming months. Planning for cold temperatures and high winds can […]

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Cow-Calf Enterprise Budget Spreadsheet updated

An updated version of the UW Cow-Calf Enterprise Budget Spreadsheet has been loaded to the website.  The updated version corrects some calculation errors in the debt service section of the spreadsheet.  It can be found on the Decision Tools and Software page. Or directly downloaded here : Cow-calf Enterprise Budget Tool

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Raise the ideal dairy steer

Holstein steers are still a significant portion of the finished steer and heifer supply in the U.S. Many cattle feeders are still profitable producing the right kind of Holstein steers. The ideal Holstein steer has the following characteristics: Weighs 1,400 to 1,550 pounds Has a body condition score of 7 using the beef cattle score […]

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Alfalfa-grass: know the risks, know the benefits

There are many benefits to having legumes as part of the pasture sward composition.  While various clovers are the most commonly used legumes, alfalfa is also a viable option with the correct management. A recent article in Progressive Forage Magazine written by Christine Nieman, Ken Albrecht and Dan Schaefer reports the results from trials conducted […]

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Driftless Region Beef Conference to be Held Jan. 30-31

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference.  The annual event will be held Jan. 30-31, 2020, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The driftless region in these states contains rolling hills, […]

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Feed Bunk Management; Key to Animal Health and Performance

Part of feedbunk management is estimating how much feed cattle will eat.  Factors such as cattle size, weight, breed, ration-type, weather and health must be taken into account.  Previous history of feed intake for a pen of cattle can help in estimations. How much work do you want to put into gaining an estimate of […]

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