Starting a Beef Direct Marketing Business

Whether you are currently a beef producer, or thinking of starting a feeding operation with the idea of selling directly to consumers, there are some important things to consider. Selling meat directly to consumers is completely different from selling animals through commodity market outlets such as auctions, livestock sales yards or commission agents. The advantage […]

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Updated version of feedlot enterprise budget now available

A new version of the feedlot enterprise budget has been added to the WBIC website. The new version cleans up some formatting and fixes a few formula bugs that were discovered in the feed costs section for adjusting for moisture. It can be downloaded at the Decision Tools and Software page.

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New Feed Cost Comparison Spreadsheet Available

A new spreadsheet tool is now available to help beef producers compare different feedstuff options on protein and energy costs. As we move into the winter feeding season, a number of producers are looking at feedstuffs to supplement their home grown feeds to meet their animals needs. To utilize the new spreadsheet, producers enter in […]

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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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BQA Certification Trainings Scheduled

Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, buyers representing them will only purchase cattle from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified. Most dairy farms are certified with their dairy processor; ask your dairy rep for help in providing your FARM Certification number at the point of sale. This will […]

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Be Prepared for the Calving Crunch

Being prepared for any event is going to reduce your stress. Preparing for the upcoming, already underway by some, calving season will reduce stress during that intense time as a cow-calf producer.   Considering the following tips to plan and prepare can help reduce calf loss, putting more profit in your pocket. Late Gestation Nutrient […]

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Heat Stress Preparations for Feedlot Cattle

Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize […]

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