Highlights of Upcoming UW-Extension Cattle Feeders Clinics

04:20PM Feb 10, 2014
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In the last few years, cattle feeders have witnessed record high commodity cattle prices as well as continued volatility in the grain markets. Wisconsin cattle feeders who are seeking information on traits that high profit feeder calves have or are interested in improving their cattle housing and feed storage, handling and feeding facilities should attend this year’s cattle feeder clinics that will be held around Wisconsin from Feb. 24-27.

The clinics will feature Darrell Busby, Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity Advisor and Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialist Emeritus. Darrell will present information on Factors that Impact Profit in the Feedlot. His group, the Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity Program, has had the unique opportunity to track thousands of individual animals through the feedlot and packing plant over many years. He will present their documented observations on genetics, health, disposition and factors impacting gain and carcass quality. He will discuss traits the top 1/3 profitability animals have in common.

David Kammel, UW-Extension bio-systems engineer, will present information on Remodeling "Retired" Dairy Facilities for Raising Steers. David will discuss how some farms have converted and adapted their dairy facilities into a system that allows their use for growing and finishing steers in a safe and labor efficient housing system.

Examples of common remodeling projects include using the dairy barn for shelter or a cattle handling center, using the concrete barnyard for a feed lot with drive by feeding with TMR mixer, using the freestall barn for bedded pen finishing pens, and developing a feed center for growing and finishing rations.

One major challenge in remodeling older facilities is creating a properly ventilated building environment for growing and finishing steers. There are opportunities to set up the feeding system, manure handling system, and cattle handling system to minimize injury to both animals and people that can also be labor efficient. Designing these areas properly with both cattle and people in mind should be a priority when deciding how the facilities will be used in the new livestock raising system. If you have a good example of a simple solution to successfully converting or remodeling your own farm to raise steers please bring your remodeling ideas and share them with your neighbors and friends.

How important is keeping animals clean on profitability? Local Extension agents will discuss how keeping animals bedded, clean and dry impacts both feedlot performance and carcass quality.

The Cattle Feeders Clinics will be held at seven locations around the state beginning on Feb. 24 and going through Feb. 27. Links to brochures for each location can be found at this link http://fyi.uwex.edu/wbic/calendar.

Dates, locations, and host Extension Offices for the Cattle Feeder’s series are as follows. Registration fees will vary by location:

Feb. 24.

Green County Justice Center, Monroe, 12:30 p.m. registration, program 1p.m. to 3:30 p.m., contact: UW-Extension Green County office 608-323-9440

Feb. 25

  • Marion- 11a.m. lunch and registration, program: 12:30 p.m. to 3p.m. Equity Sale Barn, contact: UW-Extension Waupaca County office 715-258-6231
  • Waldo- Chissy’s Pub, 5:30 p.m. registration, 6 p.m. meal, program 6:45 p.m. to 9p.m., contact: UW-Extension Sheboygan County office 920-459-5902

Feb. 26

  • Marquette County Service Center- Montello, registration 9a.m. program, 9:30 to noon, lunch, grazing program in afternoon, contact: UW-Extension Marquette County office 608-297-3141
  • Withee, The Hayloft, 5:30 p.m. registration, 6p.m. meal, program 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., contact: UW-Extension Taylor County office 715-748-3327 ext. 8

Feb. 27

  • Mondovi, KD’s Homestyle Eatery, 10a.m. registration, program 10:30 a.m. to 2p.m., includes noon meal, contact: UW-Extension Buffalo County office 608-685-6256
  • Sparta, Jake’s Northwoods, 5:30 p.m. registration, 6p.m. meal, program 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., contact: UW-Extension Monroe County office 608-269-8722
  • This workshop series is partially funded by a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency.

    Source: University of Wisconsin Extension