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Beef Rrprodu tion Task Force The early registration and hotel reservation deadline for the 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Workshop to be held Sept. 7-8 in Des Moines is quickly approaching. After Aug. 8, professional and student registration fees will increase to $250 and $150 respectively, and the guaranteed room block with the Embassy Suites will no longer be honored. Host site organizer Iowa State University cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said the workshop is a must-attend event for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, students, and extension personnel.
photo The heat and humidity of summer 2016 continues. USDA-ARS and NOAA heat stress forecast for this week includes emergency level (red) for Iowa. Remember to set and check mitigation strategies for your animals. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers these reminders.
Sheep If you’ve wondered about the animals, facilities or research at either the Iowa State University beef teaching farm or sheet teaching farm, two upcoming pasture walks offer a great opportunity for you. Iowa State Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the agenda at both farms provides information on topics specific to those species.
Master Hoof Care School Understanding causes of lameness and how to diagnose and treat those conditions is important to beef industry professionals for animal well-being and financial reasons. Beef cattle producers, feedlot operators, veterinarians and others who want to increase their knowledge are invited to attend a two-day Master Hoof Care school offered by Iowa State University on Aug. 23-24 at Amana Farms.
McNay Field Day The 2016 field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm near Chariton will focus on grazing opportunities and issues, including sericea infestation, fescue pasture renovation and on-farm cereal rye research. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the Aug. 2 event provides access for people to see crops and grazing research in full growing mode.
Beginning farmers group meets A new beginning farmer program in south central Iowa will help young farmers understand how to assess, manage and modify their financial situations to best fit their needs. The initial session is set for Aug. 4 beginning at the Marion County Extension Office at 5:30 p.m. ISU extension beef program specialist Patrick Wall is leading the program.
Goat nutrition software A new nutrition software program will help Iowa goat producers with accurate information on nutrition needs and diet formulations for their animals. "Goat Nutrition" is for all goats of all ages, and the one-time price includes personalized assistance and future updates.
photo Watch out for ergot-infected grass this summer. ISU Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell and ISU Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers say the climate this summer has produced a favorable environment for Ergot fungus to infect seed heads of many forage grasses. The toxins produced by the Ergot fungus will compound fescue toxicity. The dark colored Ergot bodies can be visualized within the grass seed head. Grazing or feeding infected hay along with fescue may lead to clinical problems in your herd. If in doubt, have your hay tested for ergopeptides. See more information in this publication, "Ergot Poisoning in Cattle" available as a free download.
photo A new publication from Iowa Beef Center, Growth Promotant Implants for Cattle - IBC 113, has guidance for beef producers on how to develop an appropriate strategy for using growth promoting implants and find the right implants for that strategy. The publication also contains a table of currently available implants categorized by potency and active ingredient, and info on which animal class (suckling, stocker or feedlot) is approved for each individual brand of implant.
photo Thanks to the National BQA Program, there will be some assistance available for Iowa beef producers this summer to complete the BQA Feedyard Assessment. If you’re unsure where to start on the BQA Feedyard Assessment or would like someone to assist you in performing it on your farm through August 2016, please contact Doug Bear with Iowa Beef Industry Council.
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