Salmonella Biosecurity

The 2015-2016 Salmonella outbreak traced to Wisconsin dairy bull calves serves as a reminder of the zoonotic threat posed by this pathogen. The Center for Disease Control reports 36 people from ten states were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg. No deaths were reported, but 13 individuals were hospitalized, and 25 (69%) of those sickened reported contacts with calves which were subsequently traced back to multiple farms and animal markets.

 Is this a new Salmonella strain? How prevalent is Salmonella on beef and dairy farms? How is Salmonella spread between animals and humans? What biosecurity protocols should your farm adopt to protect against Salmonella? In response to these questions, UW-Extension Agriculture Educator Sandy Stuttgen wrote the publication, Salmonella Biosecurity: Protecting Yourself and Your Cattle. The four-page factsheet is available HERE(insert the pdf) and on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) website at   DATCP has additional basic biosecurity resources available that dairy, beef and other livestock producers may use in designing protocols to protect their animals and the humans associated with their farm, including their consumers.

Breeding Soundness Evaluation, Round-Up & Beef Preview Show

It’s time for your bull to be reproductively examined and semen-tested! Exams will be conduction on May 2, 2017 at the Taylor County Fairgrounds, northwest corner of Hwy 64 and 13 in Medford. Click on poster for details…

 See you at the Round-up!! May 13, 2017, Brecke Rodeo Arena, W7939 Hwy 64, Medford. Click on poster for details….

 New this year at the Round-up: the NCWCA Beef Preview Show, held with support from the Taylor County Market Animal Show & Sale. Make plans to attend this judged event….click here for more details….rules and registration information here….


NCWCA Preview Show May 13, 2017

The North Central WI Cattlemen’s Association invites the public and those raising beef or wanting to learn about beef production to the Beef Round-up on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Brecke Rodeo Arena, W7939 Hwy 64, Medford, WI. The Round-up will be held from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

New this year, the NCWCA Beef Preview Show will be held in conjunction with the annual Round-up. All students within or out of Wisconsin planning for upcoming fairs and shows are invited to participate. The NCWCA Preview consists of Jackpot Showmanship for students ages 8 to 22, a Junior Market Steer Show, and an Open Heifer Show (for both youth and adults). $200 grand champion steer and heifer and $100 reserve grand champion steer and heifer are being awarded. The NCWCA Preview will be an excellent event for both the exhibitor and their animal(s) to gain experience for the 2017 fair and show season.

Take this opportunity to visit with area cattlemen and their cattle while learning about the beef industry and enjoying good food, an auction and preview show.

The Round-up begins with a Steak & Egg Breakfast provided by Taylor County Farm Bureau from 7:30 –10:30 a.m.

A Beef Showmanship Clinic for youth participating in fair and beef shows begins at 9 a.m. All youth are invited to participate. The Preview Show begins following the NCWCA Seed Stock Auction.

The NCWCA Seed Stock Auction starts at 10:00 a.m. Breeding stock of all breeds, both commercial and registered: cow-calf pairs, yearling heifers, bred heifers, cows and bulls are available for sale. A sale catalog will be available soon.

The NCWCA kitchen will be serving plate lunches from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The menu showcases the association’s famous grilled ribeye sandwiches, along with hamburgers and hot dogs.

Gates to the NCWCA Preview will open at 7 am; check-in and weigh-in closes at 9:30 am. A Showmanship Clinic begins at 9 am. The Preview begins at approximately 12:30 pm, with Jackpot Showmanship immediately following the conclusion of the NCWCA Seed stock Sale.

2017 NCWCA Preview Show Rules To receive early-bird discounted rates, entry forms (one exhibitor per form) are due with payment by April 30, 2017, to the address listed on the form.

For more information, contact Sandy Stuttgen, Agriculture Educator, UW-Extension Taylor County at 715-748-3327 ext 1or visit the Taylor County UWEX website at