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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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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The 52nd Annual Beef Improvement Federation Symposium

Available online, this will be hosted the week of June 8 starting at noon CDT each day. The conference will be hosted on the Zoom webinar platform. Take a look at the schedule, you will see that there is something for everyone in the beef business. I’ve attended this symposium in the past and they have been […]

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Marketing Cull Cows during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought significant market disruptions to beef markets. Cash sales beginning the week of April 6-10 were down significantly due to several processing plant closures. Packers that remain open are unsure of their processing capacities as they face temporary labor shortages due to COVID-19. Factors affecting the cattle markets are covered in […]

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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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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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