2022 Summer Tour
June 18, 2022 · Menomonie area
WCA is excited to partner with Northern Wisconsin Beef Producers Association (NWBPA) for the 2022 WCA Summer Tour.
K-Lund Angus Farm
390 County Road BB, Woodville, WI 54028
K-Lund Angus Farm, located near Woodville, WI, is a commercial cow-calf operation with 170 pairs of Angus females. Spring calving occurs from March to April, utilizing a specially designed hoop barn facility. Top-end steer calves are marketed each fall with the lighter steers and heifers being fed out to market locally as freezer beef. Jim and Roxanne structure their nutrition strategy to support the benefits of fetal programming to maximize growth and production later in life. With limited labor, the operation has focused on low-stress cattle handling and facilities to ensure cattle can be managed by only one or two people. At this stop, cattlemen will learn practical tips about building facilities and managing cow herds that they can take back to their home operations.
SKOR Cattle Co.
2843 230th Ave., Clear Lake, WI 54005
SKOR Cattle Company, located near Clear Lake, WI, is a semi confinement cow-calf operation. Shari and Kyle Overby started the business in 2003 combining a passion for raising quality cattle while still working fulltime off the farm. The facility was designed to raise top-quality genetics with very little pasture and farmland. Shari employs key learnings from both the beef and dairy industries to maximize breeding, herd health, feed efficiency and manure management. Today, the 480-acre farm consists of 150 Simmental Angus commercial and registered cows and 240 tillable acres. Calves are born in the early part of the year, utilizing a loafing shed, cameras, and timed feeding to accommodate their work schedule off the farm. Additionally, the Overby’s grow several forage crops for feed, including “monster corn.” Cattle are fed a total mixed ration (TMR) and grouped according to age and size to maximize efficiency and body score. A fence line concrete bunk with lockups allows for easy handling and sorting. When the weather permits, cows are grazed on pasture and crop land. At this stop, cattlemen will learn about confinement cow-calf operations and best management practices.
ALCIVIA - Menomonie Feed Mill
E6253 628th Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751
ALCIVIA is a leading, member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative driven by a passion for excellence and a future without boundaries. ALCIVIA serves farm, business and retail customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa. The Menomonie mill was built in 2017 and features pelleting, texturizing, and flaking capabilities, while also making customized feeds such as mineral. ALCIVIA manufactures more than 300,000 tons annually across their three facilities. ALCIVIA is currently investing $2.4M in improvements for the Menomonie mill, including the introduction of a fully automated packaging and palletizing system. In addition, the grain processing system is being updated to include an aspirated grain cleaner to remove fines from cracked corn and other processed grains. Project work is anticipated to be complete by the end of August. The Menomonie mill will move to a sixteen-hour operating day with upwards of 25,000 tons of annual packaged volume. At this stop, cattlemen will learn more about modern feed manufacturing and how the feed products they use on their operations are made.