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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Driftless Region Beef Conference to be Held Jan. 30-31

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference.  The annual event will be held Jan. 30-31, 2020, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The driftless region in these states contains rolling hills, […]

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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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