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Evaluate body condition going into breeding season

The green grass, sun, and cattle on pasture are signs that summer is in full swing and that breeding season is just around the corner for many commercial cow-calf operations. There are various factors to consider for having a successful breeding season and one of those factors is  cow’s body condition. This article will discuss […]

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A Little Fertilizer Can Result in More Forage in Pastures

In the quest for additional forage production options, sometimes the lowest cost and potentially easiest options may be overlooked. A good question to ask is, “Am I managing my pasture resource to optimize forage production?” A new article addressing the timely topic of pasture fertilizer management is available at this link: A Little Fertilizer Can […]

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The 52nd Annual Beef Improvement Federation Symposium

Available online, this will be hosted the week of June 8 starting at noon CDT each day. The conference will be hosted on the Zoom webinar platform. Take a look at the schedule, you will see that there is something for everyone in the beef business. I’ve attended this symposium in the past and they have been […]

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Bigger Cattle. Warmer Weather. What Can Go Wrong?

Key Takeaways Marketing delays caused by production problems at processing plants will result in greater numbers of heavier cattle on feed going into summer. Heavier, fatter cattle are more susceptible to heat stress, especially if they are black-hided. Risk of digestive upset increases as cattle are on feed for longer periods of time and the […]

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Coronavirus programs and what they mean for livestock producers

Overview  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) replenished borrowing authority for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to the tune of $14 billion relative to the June 2020 audit report.  Additionally, on April 17, 2020, President Trump announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).  CFAP includes $19 billion for two purposes. The […]

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Weekly Market Update, May 18, 2020

Retail beef prices in some areas have seen record prices, primarily due to concerns over supply rationing. Beef production last week was estimated at 405.2 million pounds, up 10% from the previous week. Although all plants are operating again, production is not operating at 100%, and is down 25% from last year. This decrease in […]

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Carcass Quality and Welfare of Market Cows

Several factors come into play that influence the value of market (cull) cows.  While the following article focuses on dairy cows, the information is also applicable to beef market cows and bulls. Click here to read more: From Farm to Market: Maintaining Carcass Quality and Animal Welfare of Market Cows

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Ivermectin products for animals are not intended for COVID-19 treatment

UW-Madison Division of Extension agriculture educators respond to reports of people wanting ivermectin to treat COVID-19 and self-medicating by taking ivermectin products intended for animals. To read the article, visit https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covid19/category/topics/farming/livestock/ Watch an interview with the authors in the YouTube video below.

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Weekly Market Update- May 4, 2020- Beef Production and Imports

Beef Production and Imports On April 28, 2020 President Trump invoked the Defense Protection Act to classify meat plants as essential infrastructure that must remain open.  This act does not mean that slaughter and fabrication will return to pre-COVID 19 levels in the short term as plants have had to slow production due to worker […]

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