The UW-Madison Division of Extension provides resources to better understand and calculate the amount of meat to expect from a finished animal.
Now is the time, before the snow flies, to take inventory of your farm’s forage supply and determine how well it meets the herd’s needs. Knowing your feed inventory and needs early allows you to purchase now, rather than wait to purchase during the winter when forages are usually priced higher.
Moraxella bovis is the bacteria responsible for summer pinkeye. Research has identified a non-summer pinkeye that is associated with carrier animals and its lesions do not need physical trauma or summer flies and UV light to precipitate them.
We often think of pinkeye as only a summer problem; and in Wisconsin, July-August is a key time to be watchful for the contagious pinkeye that develops in response to eye irritation from UV light and physical eye irritation from mature grass/seed heads, blowing dust/sand and flies, primarily face flies.
Preventing traditional summer pinkeye in cattle involves eliminating the many eye irritations listed in this report. Identifying and taking steps to resolve physical hazards in your operation, including face fly control, may be more effective than pinkeye vaccinations.
Marketing is an active process including: research, advertisement, promotion and sale. Becoming a profit-controller and not a price-taker is the main goal for improving marketing skills. Going through the process of forming a marketing plan can be beneficial. A marketing plan, which is developed to be strategic and not just convenient, will work to create a value added product.
Avian influenza is caused by a virus. It is not uncommon for wild birds (esp. waterfowl and shorebirds) to carry this virus. As these birds migrate, influenza can spread long distances quickly.
Winter can be a difficult time for a small flock of chickens. There are several things you can do for them that will make it a little less of a struggle for both you and the chickens.
Raising broilers as a 4-H or FFA project is an excellent first-step in the process of learning poultry husbandry and can result in high rewards. Learn all that you can before you start.
Raising turkeys can be a rewarding enterprise. But the nature of the turkey, its size and cost set up a whole different set of challenges from other poultry. Learn all that you can before you start.