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: April 26, 2016



News from Iowa Beef Center

ISU, UNL and Lallemand Animal Nutrition are cooperating to offer the Silage for Beef Cattle Conference on June 17. Everyone with an interest in silage as part of beef diets is invited to register for the free event

The annual “Update for Veterinarians” program organized by Iowa Beef Center is May 24 at the ISU McNay Farm near Chariton. It features a full day of education and demonstrations focused on beef cattle, and registration of $60 by May 20 includes the noon meal.

Beef producers are invited to attend either of two Beef Management Workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Beef Center on May 23 and 24. No preregistration and no cost other than dinner buffet payable onsite, according to organizer Joe Sellers.

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 from May through August 2016, please contact Doug Bear with Iowa Beef Industry Council.

USDA NAHMS wants your help in developing questions and subject matter for a beef industry cow-calf study next year. This link ( takes you to a short (10-questions, one-page) survey asking for some demographic info and your opinions on priority issues for the industry and the upcoming survey.

Deciding how much to pay for a bull is no easy task, but Iowa State University extension cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said knowing which factors to consider can help producers feel more confident in the decision-making process.

Iowa State University extension cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said cattle producers might benefit from using different forage harvest practices such as baleage, and the new publication, "Making the Switch to Baleage" could help.


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