Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains (and upper Midwest). Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance. Bedding Providing bedding is the most useful tool to improve cattle comfort, especially in outside yards. Bedding helps […]

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Tips to Reduce Winter-Feeding Hay Costs for Beef Herd

With hay being in short supply in some areas I thought it might be beneficial to re-post this article that Dr. Radunz and I put together back in 2011. Winter-feeding of the beef cows represents the greatest expense in most beef cow-calf enterprises.  Currently high feed prices, even for hay, should cause farmers to evaluate […]

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Winter Management of Beef Cows

It looks like winter is arriving this weekend, following are some tips to help cattle get through in good shape. In the upper Midwest, winter is a fact of life.  It is common to see severe cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills and snow.  Good winter management practices contribute to healthy and productive cattle, reasonable feed […]

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Simple 2-part cow rations for this winter

Article written by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture and used with permission Depending on your farm set-up, available equipment, and your willingness to purchase diesel fuel, your least-cost ration may look very different than your neighbors. Availability and proximity to co-product feeds, such as corn gluten feed (CGF) and dried distillers […]

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The Importance of Feed Testing

Optimal growing conditions across much of Wisconsin this summer have resulted in large quantities of forage being produced. However, quality can vary greatly among and even within fields. Conducting a nutritional laboratory analysis on hay and/or silage samples is the best way for producers to evaluate the nutrient content of their feedstuffs. This information, in […]

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Feeding a Beef Cow: Analyze Your Options

Written by: Zen Miller, UW Extension Ag Agent Feed costs for over-wintering a beef cow are a major expense in beef cow /calf operations.  Some decisions have already been made that will affect the outcome of both your costs and success at this point. If you have fed to the appropriate body condition you do […]

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Understanding the Effects of Cold Stress on Beef Cattle

Most beef producers understand that when the weather gets colder their cows need more energy to maintain their body condition.  The questions are when do cows start experiencing cold stress and then how much more energy do they need? When we’re considering cold stress, we need to factor in both the actual temperature and the […]

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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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Winter Cow Feeding Considerations for 2013

Prepared by Amy VanDeBrake, UW Extension Agricultural Educator, Pierce County To help beef cow-calf producers address winter feed challenges due to the growing season in the Pierce and St. Croix County area, Amy VanDeBrake, Extension Educator in Pierce County, assembled a series of fact sheets into a newsletter.  We are sharing it here to provide […]

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Corn Silage Opportunities and Considerations for Fall 2013

Prepared by Bill Halfman, UW Extension Agriculture Agent The growing season has resulted in a wide range in the stage of maturity of this year’s corn crop. Some corn looks great and some was planted so late it may not form an ear before the frost.  Add in the varying amounts of drought stress in […]

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