While Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland," interest in raising beef cattle is on the rise. A recent USDA census showed that a majority of cow/calf operations have less than 50 head of cattle, but raise nearly one third of the US calf crop annually. With a plentiful supply out-of- use dairy farm operations and pasture land available, many who work off the farm or have retired from dairying find raising beef cattle a natural fit for their available facilities.
A University of Wisconsin-Extension Beef Cow/Calf producer meeting is being offered to producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations. The evening's agenda will include a farm tour, meal and speakers. Speaker topics will include preventing and managing Pinkeye, herd sire health and management and vaccination protocols for your herd. Attendees of the meeting will qualify for one continuing education credit for Beef Quality Assurance recertification.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 24 at the Gari-Alan Farm owned/operated by Gary, Marilyn and Nathan Reinke, long-time breeders of Registered Polled Herefords. The farm is located at N6060 Hilltop Lane, Johnson Creek. Registration is at 4 p.m. followed by the farm tour and meal at 4:30 p.m. and presentations beginning at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $10 per person for those that pre-register by June 18 or $15 per person at the door.
This beef cow/calf meeting is sponsored by the UW-Extension Beef and Livestock Teams. For more information please contact LaVern Georgson, Jefferson County Agriculture Agent at 920-674-7197 or [email protected] or Kim at 920-674-7297 or [email protected].