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Updated Pink Eye Fact Sheet Now Available

An updated version of the fact sheet on Pink Eye, written by Dr. Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, and UW Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Educator in Taylor County is now available at this link: Pink Eye Fact Sheet.  It is also located on the Health and Veterinary Resources page here on the Wisconsin Beef Information website.

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DATCP Guidance on Unsolicited Seed Packages

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been notified that some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar packages have been […]

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Pinkeye Vaccination Programs

Moraxella bovis is the bacteria responsible for summer pinkeye. Research has identified a non-summer pinkeye that is associated with carrier animals and its lesions do not need physical trauma or summer flies and UV light to precipitate them. Isolated from bovine eyes, the causative bacteria, Moraxella bovoculi, may be isolated from nasal and vaginal tissues […]

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Prevent Pinkeye by Controlling Face Flies

We often think of pinkeye as only a summer problem; and now in Wisconsin (July-August) is the time to be watchful for the contagious pinkeye that develops in response to eye irritation from UV light and physical eye irritation from mature grass/seed heads, blowing dust/sand and flies, primarily face flies. Pinkeye vaccination may help reduce […]

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New Publication on Fall Cover Crops Grazing Use Available from Iowa Beef Center

As part of a demonstration project funded by a North Central Risk Management Extension Education grant, Iowa State University Extension specialists conducted interviews with producers across Iowa who had used fall grazing for at least two years. The cooperating producers were asked about a variety of topics, including their individual farming operations, cover crop species […]

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Maintaining Lines of Separation, the New Normal

For years we have heard about biosecurity concerns involving contagious livestock diseases, especially for pork and poultry. Now the highly contagious COVID-19 pandemic has hit close to home for humans around the world. Human physical distancing to combat COVID-19 is being encouraged to reduce the infection risk. Social (physical) distancing is the hallmark of biosecurity. […]

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Creep Feeding Options: Will it Pay?

Creep-feeding should be evaluated on yearly basis to determine if it will provide production and economic benefits to the operation. Nutrients required for calf growth are met through its dam milk and forage. Typically, adequate weight gain occurs with milk and grazed forage. However, as the amount of milk produced by the dam decreases, forage […]

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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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