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 31, 2015



News from Iowa Beef Center

New IBC program specialist Erika Lundy is excited to put her education and experience to work for Iowa beef producers.

The annual fall field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm is set for Aug. 4. The educational program will focus on grazing opportunities, including cover crops, alfalfa plots and fescue renovation.

Frequent rains in Iowa this summer have become a challenge for hay producers planning to mow, bale and store hay. It’s important to recognize the impact that rain can have on hay, and understand how to deal with rain-related issues.

The second session in a three-part series for young and beginning graziers in southern Iowa is set for Aug. 6. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Pat Wall said this free event will feature a pasture walk and discussion format on a Knoxville farm.

The 2015 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium (ARSBC) will be hosted by the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, on Aug. 17-18.The symposium is sponsored by the Beef Reproduction Task Force, a multi-state extension activity in cooperation with the North Central Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leaders Committee and and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. Garland Dahlke of the Iowa Beef Center is an Iowa State representative to the task force.

Properly preparing for hot and humid weather conditions is vital to maintaining your beef cattle herd health.Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell has five steps to follow.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has changed its 24/7 Environmental Emergency phone number. The new number is 515-725-8694 and should be used to report manure, fertilizer or chemical spills, as well as fish kills and other environmental emergencies. If you’re not sure who should use this emergency number, check the IDNR website’s Environmental Reporting Hotline Guide.

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