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UW Extension cattle feeders workshop series slated for Feb. 15
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MONROE — Changes to antibiotic use and availability, updates on implant use, market outlooks for the coming year and how stockmanship and handling facilities can impact animal performance will be presented to help cattle feeders be better prepared for the upcoming year. 

The Annual UW Extension Cattle Feeders Workshop contains information for beef and dairy cattle feeders/finishers, and related allied industries. Attending the workshop will also earn people who are BQA certified one continuing ed credit towards their next re-certification.

Following are the dates, locations, and county extension offices for registering for each location. RSVP is required by Feb. 6. It may be canceled due to low enrollment; however, they will call those who have registered. Contact the host county Extension Office for that specific location for more information.

Event is Feb. 15.

In Monroe, 1:45 p.m. registration, program begins at 2 p.m. Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th St. Monroe. RSVP by Feb. 6 by calling Green County UW Extension, 608-328-9440.

In Lancaster, 6 p.m. registration, program begins at 6:30 p.m. Grant County Youth and Ag Center, 916 East Elm St. Lancaster. There will be a $10 registration fee collected at the door with a meal sponsored by the Grant County Cattleman’s. RSVP by Feb. 6 by calling Grant County UW Extension, 608-723-2125.

Presenters and topics are as follows:

●  An overview of the coming rule changes for purchasing antibiotics and how a valid veterinary client patient relationship (VCPR) can reduce problems with those changes, will be presented by UW Madison Extension Livestock Educators Sandy Stuttgen, Amanda Cauffman, or Carolyn Ihde (depending on location).

●  An update on implant labels and management will be presented by: Dr. Dan Thomson, Iowa State University, via a recorded presentation.

●  A 2023 market outlook for livestock and grains, will be reviewed by Dr. Brenda Boetel, UW- Madison Extension Livestock and Grain Market Specialist.

●  And stockmanship and handling facilities considerations will be presented by Bill Halfman, UW Madison Extension Beef Outreach Specialist.

Participants will receive a copy of the BQA Feedlot Self-Assessment Guide for identifying strengths and areas for improvement on their operations.