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Animals and livestock

Beef

Cow-calf

Nutrition, reproduction, health and biosecurity for cow/calf farms

Dairy beef

Maximizing the rate of gain, nutrition and crossbreeding

Feedlot

Nutrition, health, facilities and business information for feedlot aged cattle

Handling and best practices

Biosecurity and stockmanship for beef cattle farms

Post-harvest

Information for beef consumers and processors

Events

Workshops, conferences and other learning opportunities

Dairy

Milking cows

Nutrition, reproduction, milk quality and milking cow facilities

Youngstock

Calves on milk, raising healthy calves and heifer reproduction

Handling and best practices

Biosecurity, common health problems and cattle stockmanship

Pasture-based dairy

Nutrition, reproduction and facilities for cows on pasture

Precision dairy

Milking dairy cows with robots and other precision dairy investments

Dairy beef

Maximizing the rate of gain, nutrition and crossbreeding

Events

Field days, conferences, workshops

Horse

Care and management

Behavior, seasonal care, hoof care, fly control

Health

Preventing and treating diseases, preparing for emergencies, breeding and foals

Nutrition

Feeding hay and forages, supplements, grazing

Pastures and facilities

Good and harmful pasture plants, grazing

Ownership

Legal considerations, economics

Events

Workshops, webinars and other learning opportunities

Swine

Nutrition

Pig nutrition and water needs, ingredient quality, distillers dried grains with solubles

Health

Preventing disease, understanding antibiotic regulations

Facilities

Seasonal impacts, saving energy, group sow housing

Production management

Heat stress, weight variation, growth performance

Small-scale production

Deep-straw hoop structures, pasture production, keeping pigs healthy

Welfare

Group-housing, gestating sows, aggression among sows

Courses

Swine course offerings from Extension including SowBridge, PQA+ and TQA

Livestock operations

Farm safety

Stress management, extreme weather, equipment, livestock

Manure management

Best management practices to safely apply, sample and analyze manure to protect air and water quality

Meat processing and buying

Raising, processing and buying meat for producers, small farmers and consumers

Preparing for emergencies

Animal carcass removal and composting, livestock contingency plans

News

People changing boots before entering a barn.

Livestock and poultry exhibitors are busy preparing their animals for local, county and state fair exhibitions. As H5N1 Influenza A infections have been interrupting production in poultry and dairy cattle farms, an Extension influenza and biosecurity webinar provides strategies for exhibitors and exhibition decision-makers.

A field of corn in June.

This year's frequent rains may prevent planting from being completed before yield decreases become significant. For insurance coverage, the final planting date for corn was May 31. For soybeans, it is June 10. After these dates, producers have several options.

An Extension educator and two women examine a model calf after a birthing simulation.

Helga the Hereford, a full-size cow model, allows beef and dairy producers to practice critical skills and ask questions in a non-emergency, low-pressure situation before needing to use the skills on a live animal.

More Animals and Livestock News

Timely articles about the meat production and dairy industries, farm safety and animal health

Events

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