Nutrition of Soil, Forage and Beef Cattle

Your 2019 calf crop has crossed the halfway point of days to weaning!  As we start heading into the fall season it’s time to measure the forage available in the pasture and prepare the land and cattle for the future.  We often don’t consider the soil fertility level in our pastures or realize the options […]

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Help cattle handle summer heat

Summer is here, and just like any season, it has its own set of challenges. Many producers take time to prepare pastures, fences and facilities for the summer. They try to plan for summer by looking back at what management practices worked well last year and what should be changed. Monitor cattle behavior daily for […]

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Cow-calf Enterprise Overhead Costs

The profitability of the cow-calf enterprise is dependent on many factors such as cow production, feed costs, and the markets, but one big factor to the profitability of our cow-calf enterprise is the impact of overhead costs to our operation.  I am sure you have heard it before that cow-calf enterprises do not handle a […]

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Protect your investment with proper semen tank maintenance

As calving season winds down and cow-calf pairs head off to pasture, it’s time to turn our attention to breeding season. You probably spent some time studying AI sires, their EPDs, price, and confirmation, but none of that matters if your semen tank isn’t doing its job. Semen tank maintenance is a small piece of […]

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Think strategically about replacement heifer options

It’s no secret that raising replacement females can be a major expense for beef cow-calf producers. Average age to breaking even for recouping heifer development costs varies greatly, with the most efficient producers averaging 5 years of age and less efficient, 7 years or even greater. With that in mind, selecting the right number and […]

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New fact sheets address best time to calve and successful calving season management

Information addressing considerations for the best time to calve beef cattle in Wisconsin and management decisions involved with changing one calving season to another was recently presented by Dr. Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, Taylor County UW Extension, at the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Winter Conference. For this session she authored two summary publications. When is the Best Time […]

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Weathering the Storm During Calving

The new year may have entered like a lamb, but February rolled in like a lion. For those that calve in January and February, the rapid changes in temperature may have played a role in calf sickness and growth. Maintaining a healthy calf is crucial to growth and a good immune system. As the temperature […]

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Winter brings challenging conditions for managing herd health, nutrition

January and February bring some of the coldest days of the year, and March can bring some of the snowiest. Cattle experience cold stress at different temperatures depending on conditions and coat length. The lower critical temperature (LCT) is an animal’s ability to withstand cold conditions. According to Penn State University Extension, the LCT is […]

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Beef Cow Winter Feeding Strategies

Winter is in full swing with the white ground and freezing temperatures as I look out towards the cattle barn from my warm living room. During this time it is important to consider your winter beef cow ration fed to your dry cows so they are in top body condition and health at calving time. […]

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