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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Winter Bedding Considerations for Beef Cattle

While cattle can endure colder outdoor temperatures than humans can, winter bedding is ideal for desirable feed efficiency and growth performance. Understanding the average core temperature of cattle and the thermoneutral zone can help producers make winter bedding decisions. The thermoneutral zone is a range of outdoor temperatures that cattle can endure without changing their […]

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Is your beef operation ready for winter?

With another Wisconsin winter upon us, it’s a great time to consider cold weather protection for your beef cattle. While winter’s wrath and timing will vary across our state, it’s a safe bet that all Wisconsin cattle herds will feel dangerous weather impacts over the coming months. Planning for cold temperatures and high winds can […]

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Cow-Calf Enterprise Budget Spreadsheet updated

An updated version of the UW Cow-Calf Enterprise Budget Spreadsheet has been loaded to the website.  The updated version corrects some calculation errors in the debt service section of the spreadsheet.  It can be found on the Decision Tools and Software page. Or directly downloaded here : Cow-calf Enterprise Budget Tool

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