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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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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