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Winter brings challenging conditions for managing herd health, nutrition

January and February bring some of the coldest days of the year, and March can bring some of the snowiest. Cattle experience cold stress at different temperatures depending on conditions and coat length. The lower critical temperature (LCT) is an animal’s ability to withstand cold conditions. According to Penn State University Extension, the LCT is […]

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UW-Extension Annual Cattle Feeders Workshops Slated for Feb 25-27

The UW-Madison Division of Extension will be holding the annual Cattle Feeders Workshop Series at 6 locations around the state February 25  through Feb 27.  This year’s workshop includes a variety of useful information for farmers finishing both dairy and beef breed steers. Headlining this year’s program will be Dr. Garland Dahlke, Iowa State Extension […]

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Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains (and upper Midwest). Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance. Bedding Providing bedding is the most useful tool to improve cattle comfort, especially in outside yards. Bedding helps […]

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Beef Cow Winter Feeding Strategies

Winter is in full swing with the white ground and freezing temperatures as I look out towards the cattle barn from my warm living room. During this time it is important to consider your winter beef cow ration fed to your dry cows so they are in top body condition and health at calving time. […]

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Tips to Reduce Winter-Feeding Hay Costs for Beef Herd

With hay being in short supply in some areas I thought it might be beneficial to re-post this article that Dr. Radunz and I put together back in 2011. Winter-feeding of the beef cows represents the greatest expense in most beef cow-calf enterprises.  Currently high feed prices, even for hay, should cause farmers to evaluate […]

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Driftless Region Beef Conference to be Held Jan. 24-25

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 fifth annual event will be held Jan. 24-25, 2019, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The driftless region in these states contains rolling […]

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BQA certification workshops update

Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, they will only purchase from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified. Most dairy farms are FARM certified through their milk processor. Ask your dairy plant representative for help to get a copy of your completed FARM evaluation, or a letter from them […]

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Sire Selection for Beef on Dairy

Current commodity prices have lead many dairy farmers to seek out alternative means of cash flow which has caused an increased interest in mating a portion of the dairy herd to beef sires.  Combinations of sexed semen resulting in increased dairy heifer supply, greater rearing costs, and lower market prices for dairy replacements have made […]

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New Feed Cost Comparison Spreadsheet Available

A new spreadsheet tool is now available to help beef producers compare different feedstuff options on protein and energy costs. As we move into the winter feeding season, a number of producers are looking at feedstuffs to supplement their home grown feeds to meet their animals needs. To utilize the new spreadsheet, producers enter in […]

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UW Extension 2018 Fall Cattle Feeder Enterprise Projections

We have updated and revised our annual fall cattle feeder projections for 2017. Fall 2018 Cattle Feeder Projections (xls)  tabs across the bottom show the different scenarios that are summarized on the first tab. Fall 2018 purchase prices were determined by looking at early October area feeder sales in western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. Projected […]

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