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Starting a Beef Direct Marketing Business

Whether you are currently a beef producer, or thinking of starting a feeding operation with the idea of selling directly to consumers, there are some important things to consider. Selling meat directly to consumers is completely different from selling animals through commodity market outlets such as auctions, livestock sales yards or commission agents. The advantage […]

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Cow-calf Enterprise Overhead Costs

The profitability of the cow-calf enterprise is dependent on many factors such as cow production, feed costs, and the markets, but one big factor to the profitability of our cow-calf enterprise is the impact of overhead costs to our operation.  I am sure you have heard it before that cow-calf enterprises do not handle a […]

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Protect your investment with proper semen tank maintenance

As calving season winds down and cow-calf pairs head off to pasture, it’s time to turn our attention to breeding season. You probably spent some time studying AI sires, their EPDs, price, and confirmation, but none of that matters if your semen tank isn’t doing its job. Semen tank maintenance is a small piece of […]

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Think strategically about replacement heifer options

It’s no secret that raising replacement females can be a major expense for beef cow-calf producers. Average age to breaking even for recouping heifer development costs varies greatly, with the most efficient producers averaging 5 years of age and less efficient, 7 years or even greater. With that in mind, selecting the right number and […]

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Updated version of feedlot enterprise budget now available

A new version of the feedlot enterprise budget has been added to the WBIC website. The new version cleans up some formatting and fixes a few formula bugs that were discovered in the feed costs section for adjusting for moisture. It can be downloaded at the Decision Tools and Software page.

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New fact sheets address best time to calve and successful calving season management

Information addressing considerations for the best time to calve beef cattle in Wisconsin and management decisions involved with changing one calving season to another was recently presented by Dr. Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, Taylor County UW Extension, at the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Winter Conference. For this session she authored two summary publications. When is the Best Time […]

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