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 U.S. 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 UW-Extension Beef Cow/Calf producer meeting is being offered to producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations. The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 29 with registration and farm tour at 3 p.m. The afternoon's agenda will include the farm tour, meal, and speakers. Speaker topics will include preventing and managing parasites, body condition scoring, and weaning. Attendees of the meeting will qualify for one continuing education credit for Beef Quality Assurance recertification.
The meeting will be held at Oakwood Farm, located at 1099 County Road A, Grand Marsh in Adams County. The meal will be catered by Wisconsin River Meats featuring a beef entrée. Registration fee is $30 and preregistration by July 24 is required to ensure meal availability.
This beef cow/calf meeting is sponsored by the UW-Extension Beef and Livestock Teams. To pre-register to ensure meal availability, call 608-297-3141 and reference the Cow-Calf meeting. For more information please contact Lyssa Seefeldt, Marquette County agriculture agent at 608-297-3141.