UW-Extension Annual Cattle Feeders Workshops Slated for Feb 26 through Mar 1

The University of Wisconsin-Extension will be holding the annual Cattle Feeders Clinics at 8 locations around the state February 26th through March 1st. This year’s clinic includes a variety of useful information for farmers finishing both dairy and beef breed steers.

Once again, Portage County will be the host location for the Central Wisconsin Cattle Feeder Clinic. The clinic will be hosted at the UW-Extension office in Stevens Point on February 28, 2018. The clinic opens registration check-in at 10 am with the program starting at 10:15 am.

Preregistration is required by February 19 to ensure accurate lunch count for the caterer. Registration is $15 if preregistered by February 19. Any registration received February 20 or later will be $25. You can register online at https://goo.gl/ZVuDFX and mail payment to UW-Extension, PO Box 338, 480 Underwood Avenue, Montello, WI 53949. You may also register via phone by calling 608-297-3141.

Dr. Randy Shaver, UW-Extension & UW-Madison Dairy Nutritionist, will show us how corn starch properties and kernel processing can impact feedlot cattle performance. Corn in various forms is important in Wisconsin feedlot rations. Recent research has shed new light on how kernel starch properties, fermentation, and particle size, can affect cattle performance. Dr. Shaver has presented this information to cattle feeders in Kansas and Nebraska.

Recently several decision making tools were updated and added to the Wisconsin Beef Information Center (https://fyi.uwex.edu/wbic) including cow calf, stocker, and feedlot enterprise budgets, a yardage calculator, and close out budget. Bill Halfman, UW-Extension, will be providing an overview and demonstration of these tools.

Safety for people and cattle during hauling, minimizing bruising, and biosecurity are all important components of successful transportation of cattle. Adam Hady, UW-Extension, will provide an update on transportation quality assurance, and what you can do on your farm to address this increasingly important topic.

Dr. Brenda Boetel, UW-Extension & UW-River Falls Livestock Economist, will present her annual market outlook for 2018.

The following are dates, locations, and local host offices for the clinic series. Additional information for each location can be found at the Wisconsin Beef Information Center website: https://fyi.uwex.edu/wbic/

Monday February 26
Afternoon- Mondovi- Buffalo County Extension Office- 608-685-6256
Evening- Baldwin- St. Croix County Extension Office- 715-531-1930

Tuesday February 27
Afternoon- Marion- Waupaca County Extension Office- 715-258-6230
Evening- Waldo- Washington County Extension Office- 262-335-4477

Wednesday February 28
Daytime-Stevens Point- Marquette County Extension Office 608-297-3141
Evening Jefferson- Jefferson County Extension Office- 920-674-7295

Thursday March 1
Daytime- Richland Center- Richland County Extension Office 608-647-6148
Evening- Sparta- Monroe County Extension Office- 608-269-8722