Market for profit or market on price?

Are you familiar with the popular quote from the late Stephen R. Covey, “Start with the end in mind”?  The advice given through this quote encourages forming a vision of the end goal and then developing a plan to achieve the goal.  This simple yet powerful quote is important to consider when developing a beef […]

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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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University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension Cattle Feeders Workshop Series Slated for Eight Locations February 24th through 27th

The winter of 2018-19 saw several farm buildings fail due to snow loads.  Carl Duley, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension Agriculture Agent in Buffalo County, will discuss the technical details on why those building structures failed, and present information on how farmers should approach evaluating their buildings to determine if they need […]

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Feed Bunk Management; Key to Animal Health and Performance

Part of feedbunk management is estimating how much feed cattle will eat.  Factors such as cattle size, weight, breed, ration-type, weather and health must be taken into account.  Previous history of feed intake for a pen of cattle can help in estimations. How much work do you want to put into gaining an estimate of […]

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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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