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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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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Nutrition of Soil, Forage and Beef Cattle

Your 2019 calf crop has crossed the halfway point of days to weaning!  As we start heading into the fall season it’s time to measure the forage available in the pasture and prepare the land and cattle for the future.  We often don’t consider the soil fertility level in our pastures or realize the options […]

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Fall Forage Options When Feed Supplies are Short

The 2019 growing season has been challenging to say the least when it came to planting and harvesting forages for winter feeding. The wet conditions didn’t allow for getting into the fields on time or even getting crops like corn planted at all in some fields. However, there are fall forage options available to plant […]

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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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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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