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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Is Your Wisconsin Beef Operation Profitable?

Profitability is in the eye of the beholder. Raising beef may be about many things, and for some, profit is not chief among them. Be honest with yourself. Is the beef operation contributing to your family’s finances? How much do you want your family income to subsidize the beef operation? Turning a profit in a […]

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UW Extension 2017 Fall Cattle Feeder Enterprise Projections

We have updated and revised our annual fall cattle feeder projections for 2017. New this year is a preconditioning enterprise budget and a budget for finishing beef heifer calves.   Fall 2017 Cattle Feeder Projections (xls) Fall 2017 purchase prices were determined by looking at early October area feeder sales in western Wisconsin and southeastern […]

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New Closeout Spreadsheet Available from UW Extension

Once you sell the last of a group of cattle you fed out, do you wonder how they did, or do you take the time to calculate how they did and what the profits or losses were on that group? UW Extension has developed a new spreadsheet tool that provides cattle feeders a tool for […]

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New Stocker Calf Enterprise Budget and Updated Cow-Calf Budget Now Available

A new stocker calf enterprise budget spreadsheet is now available for for use where pasture is a component of the stocker calf program. The new spreadsheet can be downloaded from the WBIC Decision Tools and Software Page or directly here: UW Extension Stocker Budget (xls) For stocker/backgrounding where the calves are backgrunded in dry lot […]

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Holstein Feeder Yardage Survey Summary

UW Extension conducted a survey of farms in Wisconsin to examine yardage costs associated with their Holstein steer finishing enterprise. This Holstein steer yardage survey focused on overhead, labor/management, bedding, and direct expenses generally associated with yardage costs.  It did not include feed, animal, and veterinarian/ pharmaceutical related costs.  This project was conducted by UW […]

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Fall 2014 Feedlot Projections

Over the past few weeks a common question received at a number of Extension Offices has been around the high costs of feeder calves, feed costs and how does back-grounding or finishing cattle pencil out this fall. To help answer these questions, I “dug up” some of the projections that we did a few years […]

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Considerations for Buying and Selling Standing Forages

As we move into summer, beef producers may have the opportunity to buy or sell some  standing forages to be harvested as silage or hay. Determining a fair price can be a challenge.  Ideally buying and selling by weight is the most fair way , however this may include weighing all the feed taken off […]

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Production Records for the Commercial Cow Herd

Written by Kalyn Waters, South Dakota State Extension Beef Cow/Calf Field Specialist Every rancher’s wife knows the panic that ensues when she takes a load of laundry out of the wash during calving season and realizes she has washed the calving book! Hopefully that is not the only copy because the value of good herd […]

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