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University of Wisconsin-Extension will conduct its annual Cattle Feeders Workshop Thursday, March 1 at Jake’s Northwoods in Sparta. This year’s workshop includes a variety of information for farmers finishing both dairy and beef breed steers.

Registration, which includes a meal, starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. The workshop is expected to conclude at about 8:45 p.m.

Dr. Randy Shaver, UW-Extension and UW-Madison dairy nutritionist, will discuss how corn starch properties and kernel processing can impact feedlot cattle performance. He will also present recent research that has shed new light on how kernel starch properties, fermentation and particle size can affect cattle performance. Shaver has presented the information to cattle feeders in Kansas and Nebraska.

Bill Halfman, Monroe County UW-Extension agricultural agent, will discuss recently updated decision-making tools that were added to the Wisconsin Beef Information Center.

Adam Hady, UW-Extension, will provide an update on transportation quality assurance.

Dr. Brenda Boetel, UW-Extension and UW-River Falls livestock economist, will present her annual market outlook for 2018.

Anyone planning to attend should pre-register with the Monroe County UW-Extension office, 608-269-8722, by Feb. 22. There is no cost to attend the workshop.


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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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