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COVID-19 resources from UW Madison Division of Extension

UW Madison Division of Extension has put together the following website with an assortment of COVID-19 resources on it to help people navigate through these uncertain times.  Extension Responds to COVID-19 On that page are links to sections addressing specific topics including a link to a section with several farm related resources.

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Market for profit or market on price?

Are you familiar with the popular quote from the late Stephen R. Covey, “Start with the end in mind”?  The advice given through this quote encourages forming a vision of the end goal and then developing a plan to achieve the goal.  This simple yet powerful quote is important to consider when developing a beef […]

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Successful calving season starts with preparation

For cow-calf producers, the results of calving time can be the main factor that dictates the operation’s profit and loss margins for the year. While Mother Nature can attempt to have her say in the results of your calving season, there are many actions you can take to limit her effect on your herd. Herd […]

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Considerations for growth implants when finishing cattle

It is common to hear questions at beef cattle workshops regarding the use of implants for feeding out and finishing cattle for meat production. Here are some considerations for determining an implant program for use in a cattle feeding operation. Implants are one of the most studied technologies in beef production. A well-managed strategy can […]

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What’s included in your calving book?

As we gear up for calving season, now is a good time to consider what information we should be recording in our calving books. The key is not what we weigh, measure, collect, spray, or write down. It’s what we do with the information months later that really counts. In addition to some key information […]

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University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension Cattle Feeders Workshop Series Slated for Eight Locations February 24th through 27th

The winter of 2018-19 saw several farm buildings fail due to snow loads.  Carl Duley, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension Agriculture Agent in Buffalo County, will discuss the technical details on why those building structures failed, and present information on how farmers should approach evaluating their buildings to determine if they need […]

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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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