Iowa Beef Center

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, serves as the university’s extension program to cattle producers. Our dedicated group of faculty and staff work together to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry. We strive to be the No. 1 source “For all things beef."


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Iowa Beef Center
313 Kildee Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3150
Phone: 515-294-BEEF (2333)
Fax: 515-294-3795

last updated: July 23, 2014



News from Iowa Beef Center

Join Iowa Beef Center and Merck Animal Health at a low-stress handling clinic featuring Tom Noffsinger of Nebraska. No cost to attend the Aug. 12 event, but preregistration is due by Aug. 8. Classroom and demonstration sessions are at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield. Learn more about the program, specific location, and preregistration contacts.

Beginning and young Iowa beef producers are invited on a two-day bus trip in early September to experience unique networking and educational opportunities. More info on agenda and registration is available here.

If you feed cattle in Iowa, you won't want to miss the Cattle Feeders Summer Seminar set for August 11 in Monticello. Organizer Denise Schwab says the agenda includes marketing opportunities, BQA certification, and a low-stress handling presentation/demonstration by Tom Noffsinger. Cost is just $10, with preregistration requested. See more info.

Five workshops featuring grazing consultant Jim Gerrish will be held August 18-22 in diferent Iowa locations. Primary organizer Joe Sellers says each session includes classroom discussions and pasture walks at local farm. See more info, including links to individual session flyers.

With continued summer rains causing flooding in some Iowa locations, check out our flood resources page. See more flood-related information for your home and property on this page from ISU Extension and Outreach.

Iowa Beef Center and its grazing partners will host numerous grazing events in 2014, ranging from courses for beginning to experienced graziers to a specific series of workshops around Iowa led by grazing consultant Jim Gerrish. See all events on the IBC grazing page.

IBC's Patrick Wall presents a four-part video series, "ABCs of EPDs" on a new webpage devoted to genetic selection topics.

See these resource pages (Sources and resources are added as they are available.)
Flood resources
Water management and drought resources
ISU Extension and Outreach resources

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