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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New VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) Record Keeping Tools Available

As a producer using Veterinary Feed Drug Orders (VFD) on your farm, your responsibilities are to feed only the animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination drug to the animals listed and properly identified on the VFD Order. You are required to correctly apply VFD Orders and retain all VFD Orders for […]

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Feeding the Cow Herd: Options When Hay is Short

Following are some new and updated additions to the resources from UW Extension to help cow calf producers make management decisions for over-wintering the cow herd. An earlier post here provided some resources on coping with sort feed supplies: Click here if you missed it: Winter Feeding Considerations for 2013 Options for Feeding the Cow […]

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Farmers urged to check pastures for presence of ergot

Madison, Wis. – Farmers with animals in pasture should check for their grass forages for the presence of ergot which can be toxic to cattle, sheep, swine and horses. “Recent reports of ergot are not unexpected with the cool, wet spring we had,” said Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Extension forage agronomist. Ergot is a fungal […]

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Make Sure Cattle Get Enough Water

Summer is now in full swing, including a couple of heat waves. Do your cattle have access to sufficient quantity and quality of water? As I have traveled around parts of Western Wisconsin I have observed that some areas are in need of some rain, in spite of the wet spring we have had.  This […]

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Test Forages to Meet Beef Cattle Needs and Control Costs

Adapted from Iowa Beef Center Newletter July 2013 article by Garland Dahlke, IBC assistant scientist and Joe Seller, ISU Extension beef program specialist Cool temperatures as we have experienced this spring generally delay maturity and maintain forage quality for an extended period of time, but the frequent rainfall has delayed harvest and has lead to […]

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Feedlot Pen Maintenance Allows Cattle to Walk Easier

Written by Roger Ellis, DVM, South Dakota State University Extension Feedlot Field Specialist, used with permissison, origninally appears at SDSU iGrow website. This spring and summer’s wet weather is likely creating problems for some Wisconsin Cattle Feeders and their animals too. Beef feedlot operations are faced with daily tasks of managing feed and cattle inventory, […]

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South Dakota State Extension to host Genomic Seedstock Symposium in Sioux Falls

Source: article written by Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist,and posted on the South Dakota State Extension iGrow website SDSU Extension is partnering with the SD Beef Breeds Council to host a Seedstock Symposium June 27-28 in Sioux Falls at the SDSU Extension Regional Center. “Producers have been utilizing ratios & EPD’s, […]

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Cow Condition at Calving Can Impact Breeding

The following article is written by Ryan Sterry, UW Extension Ag Agent in St. Croix County and recently appears in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Calving time can be both a stressful and exciting time of year with your beef herd.  Despite the late hours, worries about weather, and that cow or two that never cooperates (every […]

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