Cattle feeder workshop set Feb. 25 at Equity sales barn


BONDUEL — From assessing buildings groaning under their snow loads to consideration of fake meat, the annual University of Wisconsin-Extension Cattle Feeders Workshop has presentations for beef cattle feeders, dairy steer feeders, and related allied industries.

The local workshop is Feb. 25, at noon at the Equity Livestock Sale Barn in Bonduel.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is required by Feb. 18 by calling the county Extension office at 715-526-6136 or the Equity Livestock Barn in Bonduel at 715-754-5227 or 715-758-2125.

The program starts with a lunch sponsored by Equity Livestock, with the presentations beginning at 1 p.m.

Carl Duley, Extension agriculture agent for Buffalo County, will outline why buildings fail under snow loads along with information on how to evaluate buildings to reduce the risk of collapse in the future.

“Just scabbing additional lumber to the structure may cause more harm than good,” according to the university press release announcing the workshop.

“Are your fed cattle what buyers are looking for?” Dr. Arquimides Reyes, University of Wisconsin-River Falls beef production and management professor, will answer that question by discussing traits that influence fed cattle prices and how those traits affect profitability.

Dr. Brenda Boetel, Extension livestock and grain market specialist, will give a market outlook including a discussion of fake meat.