Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains (and upper Midwest). Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance. Bedding Providing bedding is the most useful tool to improve cattle comfort, especially in outside yards. Bedding helps […]

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Starting Newly Weaned Calves on Feed

Proper management during the receiving phase is critical to overall health and long-term performance of cattle in the feedlot. Newly weaned calves are faced with the stress of separation from the cow, deprivation of feed and water during transportation, and adaptation to the feedlot environment. Whether calves are being introduced into a backgrounding or finishing […]

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New Fact Sheet on Gastrointestinal Parasite Management in Cattle Available from UW Extension

As the seasons change from winter to spring, a grazer’s thoughts turn to fencing repairs and pasture renovations. It’s also time when astute managers who graze cattle plan their deworming strategies. Gastrointestinal parasitic worms (including Ostertagia, Cooperia and Haemonchus) also sense the season’s change. They gear up their reproductive efforts during the event commonly known […]

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New Stocker Calf Enterprise Budget and Updated Cow-Calf Budget Now Available

A new stocker calf enterprise budget spreadsheet is now available for for use where pasture is a component of the stocker calf program. The new spreadsheet can be downloaded from the WBIC Decision Tools and Software Page or directly here: UW Extension Stocker Budget (xls) For stocker/backgrounding where the calves are backgrunded in dry lot […]

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Is Your Truck and Trailer Ready to Transport?

This time of the year we see an increase in the number of cattle hauled in trucks and trailers.  Cattle are brought home from outlying pastures, Calves are weaned and cattle and calves are separated, sometimes to different locations, and calves transported to sale barns and feedlots. Before hauling livestock take time to check over […]

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Managing Spring Pasture: One Thing Leads to Another

Written by Gene Schriefer, UW Extension Ag Agent, Iowa County, and recently published in The Wisconsin Agriculturist Beef producers who choose to manage their pastures by rotating cattle through paddocks have control over when they start grazing in spring.  When to start grazing varies between years, where in Wisconsin you are located, and from producer […]

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Corn Silage Opportunities and Considerations for Fall 2013

Prepared by Bill Halfman, UW Extension Agriculture Agent The growing season has resulted in a wide range in the stage of maturity of this year’s corn crop. Some corn looks great and some was planted so late it may not form an ear before the frost.  Add in the varying amounts of drought stress in […]

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Prevent Injury When Working Cattle This Spring

Lots of cattle will be worked or  “chuted” this spring and several producers will be injured due being careless, working the cattle to rapidly, and having their mind “somewhere else.” Most injuries to producers that occur when working cattle include: being kicked, run over, stepped on, pinned against the fence, wall or being attacked by […]

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Preparing Your Feeder Calves for Market Begins Now

Habit 2. of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is “Begin with the end in mind.” “What does that have to do with feeder calves?” you may wonder. Ever increasing costs of feeder calves and feed have greatly influenced the margins on finishing cattle operations.  With narrow profit margins and high input costs […]

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