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While Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland”, interest in raising beef cattle is on the rise. A recent United States Department of Agriculture census showed that a majority of cow/calf operations have less than 50 head of cattle, but raise nearly one third of the United States 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 (UW)-Extension Fall Beef producer meeting is being offered to producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations. The agenda will include a farm tour and speakers. The meeting will be held from 3:30 -6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Lowland Farms, located at W1123 Nichols Drive, Krakow.  

Speaker topics will include “The Scoop on Minerals—Balancing Forages, Soil Fertility, and Supplements” presented by Dr. Jamie Patton, Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Nutrient Pest Management, and “Considerations for Renovating Dairy Barns for Your Beef Herd” by Sarah Mills-Lloyd, DVM, UW-Extension Oconto County Agriculture Agent.

Registration is $10/person and includes speakers, a light meal, and workshop materials.

To register, contact the Oconto County UW-Extension office by Oct. 10 at 920-834-6845 (https://oconto.uwex.edu/).

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