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Beef Cow/calf workshop scheduled for Dec 3rd at Elkhorn

While Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland”, interest in raising beef cattle is on the rise. A recent USDA census showed that a majority of cow/calf operations have less than 50 head of cattle, but raise nearly one third of the US calf crop annually. With a plentiful supply of  out-of- use dairy farm operations […]

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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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Nutrition of Soil, Forage and Beef Cattle

Your 2019 calf crop has crossed the halfway point of days to weaning!  As we start heading into the fall season it’s time to measure the forage available in the pasture and prepare the land and cattle for the future.  We often don’t consider the soil fertility level in our pastures or realize the options […]

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Fall Forage Options When Feed Supplies are Short

The 2019 growing season has been challenging to say the least when it came to planting and harvesting forages for winter feeding. The wet conditions didn’t allow for getting into the fields on time or even getting crops like corn planted at all in some fields. However, there are fall forage options available to plant […]

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