UW-Extension Annual Cattle Feeders Workshops Slated for Feb 25-27

The UW-Madison Division of Extension will be holding the annual Cattle Feeders Workshop Series at 6 locations around the state February 25  through Feb 27.  This year’s workshop includes a variety of useful information for farmers finishing both dairy and beef breed steers. Headlining this year’s program will be Dr. Garland Dahlke, Iowa State Extension […]

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Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains (and upper Midwest). Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance. Bedding Providing bedding is the most useful tool to improve cattle comfort, especially in outside yards. Bedding helps […]

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Driftless Region Beef Conference to be Held Jan. 24-25

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 fifth annual event will be held Jan. 24-25, 2019, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The driftless region in these states contains rolling […]

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Sire Selection for Beef on Dairy

Current commodity prices have lead many dairy farmers to seek out alternative means of cash flow which has caused an increased interest in mating a portion of the dairy herd to beef sires.  Combinations of sexed semen resulting in increased dairy heifer supply, greater rearing costs, and lower market prices for dairy replacements have made […]

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UW Extension 2018 Fall Cattle Feeder Enterprise Projections

We have updated and revised our annual fall cattle feeder projections for 2017. Fall 2018 Cattle Feeder Projections (xls)  tabs across the bottom show the different scenarios that are summarized on the first tab. Fall 2018 purchase prices were determined by looking at early October area feeder sales in western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. Projected […]

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Using High Quality Alfalfa in Growing and Finishing Rations

Discussions with cattle feeders on growing and finishing rations often revolve around corn silage, grain, and co-product feeds like distiller’s grains or other grain processing feedstuffs. I also often hear folks make comments that beef cattle do not need high quality hay.  While some classes of beef cattle do not need high quality alfalfa hay, […]

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Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet Update and New App Available

A recent update to the Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet and the new Corn Silage Pricing app for iPhones and iPads are now available. The Corn Silage iPhone/Pad app is available at the iTunes store here: Corn Silage Pricing App for iDevices  The Excel Spreadsheet with some updates is available here: Corn Silage Pricing Excel Spreadsheet […]

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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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Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

The forecast for this weekend in highs in the 90’s with humidity to make the heat indexes likley in the 100’s. For feedlot cattle, hot temperature for 2 or 3 days plus warm nights mean increased risk for heat stress. With a chance for rain on Thursday, humidity will increase making it difficult for heavy […]

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