BQA certification workshops update

Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, they will only purchase from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified. Most dairy farms are FARM certified through their milk processor. Ask your dairy plant representative for help to get a copy of your completed FARM evaluation, or a letter from them […]

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BQA Certification Trainings Scheduled

Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, buyers representing them will only purchase cattle from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified. Most dairy farms are certified with their dairy processor; ask your dairy rep for help in providing your FARM Certification number at the point of sale. This will […]

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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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Preconditioning Calves; Is it in the Cards?

As the summer grazing season winds down and the time is getting near for cow calf producers to wean calves, they might be asking themselves, with the prices of many agricultural commodities, can I add some value to my calves by preconditioning my calves or just sell them right off the cow?  For starters, what […]

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Use Extra Care When Hauling Cattle in Hot Weather

Wisconsin’s soil types and weather patterns, which support the growth of a variety of forages, are ideal for raising cattle. We have two seasons (cold winter and hot summer) that do not support cattle very well, but in general, even those times are limited in the length of time during which cattle may struggle, with […]

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Cattle Reputation’s Influence on Value

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently forwarded information gathered by a recent survey conducted by CattleFax regarding the benefits received from incorporating BQA objectives. Ethan Oberst reported these findings in his article, “Reputation Cattle Bring More” in the Mid-March 2018 issue of CattleFax. As Oberst states, “…a solid reputation for the animals that an operation […]

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New BQA Transportation Training & Certification Program Available Online

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training is available now, and we in Wisconsin are working to […]

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Now is the Time to Plan Ahead for Veterinary Feed Directive Changes

Increasing interest in preventing the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria and protecting the effectiveness of the antimicrobials that we have fueled the initiative behind the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule changes.  The VFD regulation changes on medically important antimicrobials used in livestock feeds, previously available as over-the-counter medications, will be coming into effect in January […]

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Does Your Trailer Fit Your Cattle?

There is no denying that finished cattle weights and sizes have increased over time. There has also been shown an increase in bruises on fed cattle carcasses that result in losses from trim at the packer in some high value parts of the carcasses. A recent investigation conducted by Kansas State has shown that some […]

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