Beef Cattle Field Days: Optimizing the Beef Cow Herd for Efficient Reproduction

UW-Extension and UW-River Falls are teaming up to offer two beef cattle field days in Western Wisconsin focusing on factors affecting beef cow reproduction. The UW-River Falls Mann Valley lab farm will be the host site on June 22; and Woodhill Farms, Viroqua, will host on June 29.

Registration and meal will be begin at 5:45 PM, with the scheduled program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for both locations.

The UW-River Falls Mann Valley Farm is located at 129 South Glover Road, River Falls, WI. Woodhill Farms is located at S. 7589 Tainter Hollow Road, Viroqua, WI.

Our educational program will feature Dr. Amy Radunz, UW-River Falls, on Managing Nutrition for Reproductive Success. Nutrition throughout the year can impact reproductive performance but recent research also has reported the important of nutrition during the breeding season and early pregnancy.

Other topics to include the basics of body condition scoring and what to look for in monitoring condition scores for the breeding season. UW-Extension Agriculture Agents will assist attendees in hands on practice body condition scoring live cattle. UW-River Falls and Extension staff will also lead attendees through options for managing and abating heat stress because heat stress can be one of the major factors impacting embryonic loss in early pregnancy. Strategically rotating pastures, portable shelters, minimizing other cattle stressors, and more will be discussed.

At Woodhill location, the farm’s management team will explain their approach to heifer development and reproductive management. At River Falls, Dr. Justin Luther, UW-River Falls will show the new beef cattle handling facility and discuss how they manage the herd for reproductive success.

There is no cost for this program, but pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. A complimentary beef dinner will be provided by the Vernon County Cattlemen’s Association (Viroqua) and at the River Falls site.

Please register by contacting the St. Croix County UW-Extension office at 715-531-1930 by June 16 for the River Falls location, or the Vernon County UW-Extension office at 608-637-5276 by June 23 for the Woodhill Farms location.

Beef Cattle Field Days Reproduction Flyer 2017

This program is generously sponsored by Woodhill Farms, Vernon County Cattlemen, Western Wisconsin Beef Producers Cooperative, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and UW-Extension – Crawford, Grant, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Vernon, and St. Croix Counties, and USDA-NIFA.