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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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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Take precautions to minimize the risk of mycotoxins in feeds this winter

There have been several reports of mold in feeds this year.  In addition, reports of animal health problems due to toxins in feeds have been more frequent than usual.  Higher levels of the mold and spoilage means an increased potential for mycotoxins in feeds. It is important to remember that just because feeds have visible […]

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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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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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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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Hot Weather and Managing Heat Stress

This year it feels like we went straight from winter to summer due to the cool wet spring.  We are seeing the first hot weather of the summer, so here are a few reminders to help minimize stress to cattle during hot weather. Provide plenty of clean water, including making sure that the tanks 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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