Tips to Reduce Winter-Feeding Hay Costs for Beef Herd

With hay being in short supply in some areas I thought it might be beneficial to re-post this article that Dr. Radunz and I put together back in 2011. Winter-feeding of the beef cows represents the greatest expense in most beef cow-calf enterprises.  Currently high feed prices, even for hay, should cause farmers to evaluate […]

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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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Cornstalks for Beef Cow Feed is a No-brainer

The best way to utilize cornstalks is to graze them. Cattle graze selectively, looking for the more palatable feedstuffs. The more palatable parts of the plant are also more nutritious. Cattle first eat the remaining corn grain, then husks, then leaves, and finally the stalk. Cattle will eat the more digestible and higher protein portions […]

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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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Reconsidering Warm Season Forages

Alfalfa is wonderful grazing plant.  It’s easy to establish, has great tonnage, good quality and grows well in hot, dry conditions. On the other hand, it’s not perfect. Alfalfa needs re-seeding which is costly and it needs to be mechanically harvested 3-4 times a year if not grazed.  In addition, our typical cool, wet May […]

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Pricing Standing Hay App Now Available for iPhones & iPads

Just in time for first crop hay in 2018 the UW-Extension pricing standing hay app     is now available in both Android and IOS versions. iPhone and iPad users can find the free app at  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hay-pricing/id1381165835?mt=8 or search the App Store for “Hay Pricing”.  The IOS version also includes links to the latest edition of the Alfalfa […]

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Feed-Out Programs Comparisons for Spring 2018

It is not uncommon for beef producers to raise the question on net profitability of different production approaches to feed out cattle to harvest weights.  Some of the comparisons that often come into question are beef breed vs Holstein steers, or grass fed versus grain fed. Recently Dr. Dan Schaefer – UW Animal Sciences Dept, […]

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Spring Pasture Renovation

I like to think of myself as planner, but sometimes life happens and we forget about the thinking ahead part.  With pasture renovation, we should be planning and thinking ahead.  When we should be thinking/planning we’re also trying to wrap up a cropping year.  We’re all just busy. Pasture renovation can be partial or a […]

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Evening Beef Pasture Walk Scheduled for Sept 12 Near Athens

UW-Extension Taylor, Clark and Marathon Counties, together with the North Central WI Cattlemen’s Association and Heartland Cooperative are hosting an Evening Beef Pasture Walk on September 12, 2017 at Greg Nowicki’s, R830 Co Rd M, Athens, WI 54411. Members of the Wisconsin Grass Fed Beef Cooperative, the Nowicki’s have invited us to walk their pastures […]

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