|News from Iowa Beef Center|
|UPDATE: Extension beef program specialist Beth Doran and extension dairy program specialist Fred Hall will host a live webinar of the first hearing in the country on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization later this month in the basement meeting room of the Sioux County extension office in Orange City. The webinar is set for Feb. 23. There’s no preregistration and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. The hearing will start at 2 p.m. central time.|
|The Iowa cow herd is growing, and managing feed and forage resources is a key to profitability, according to ISU extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers. It’s time to start planning improvements to your pasture systems, and an upcoming event in Corning will provide timely topics for producers to do just that. Learn more about the free session, "Spring Grazing - Opportunities and Management Needs," set for Feb. 27.|
|North central Iowa cow-calf producers are invited to fine-tune their management skills at a March 2 workshop in Iowa Falls. Preregister by Feb. 23 to reserve your noon meal at this free event. Hardin County Extension is coordinating the session that runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. See more information.|
|Even though snow cover this winter is less than many years, spring calving operations need to prepare now. Long-term cool wet weather and accompanying persistent muddy conditions are more than difficult, they can be deadly. Iowa State Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers reminders and suggestions for helping cows and calves through the next few months.|
|Confused about feeding Chlortetracycline to your beef cows or feedlot cattle? The transition of Chlortetracycline or CTC to a VFD drug has highlighted several issues that are raising questions or problems for Iowa beef producers, according to Iowa State University extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell. He and others have developed two informational pieces to address those concerns.|
|The 2017 EIHPA conference will focus on two unique methods of incorporating forage crops into grain crops. All are welcome to attend the March 10 meeting at Buzzy’s in Welton beginning at 10 a.m. The $30 fee is payable at the door and includes a membership to the organization and meal at the event. Extension beef program specialist Denise Schwab provides more information.|
|Beef producers interested in software to help with balancing rations will want to check out IBC's newly updated Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS) ration balancing software. Association scientist Garland Dahlke recently completed this update and said the new version is more user friendly and reflects recently updated guidelines in the "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."|
|A series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 will help cow-calf producers learn more about improving their operation's bottom line. Attend any of the sessions for more on feeding, including grazing harvest residue, cover crops and alternative feeds. Iowa State cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn is organizing the series.|
|See our updated page of resources, information, sources and answers for all species for the Veterinary Feed Directive.
A VFD webinar presented by IBC beef program specialist Chris Clark and hosted by Iowa Farm Bureau on Sept. 20 is archived on the IFBF website.
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