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: March 25, 2015



News from Iowa Beef Center

Purdue University economist Michael D. Boehlje will present a webinar, "Managing your farm business in an economic downturn" on Tuesday, March 31. Register now for the free event that begins at 10 a.m. central time.

ISU cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn describes the value of serum-based colostrum replacers and supplements for Progressive Cattleman website.

watch the videoThe Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network (BYLPN) program offers species-specific information and educational opportunities for young Iowa livestock producers. In this short video, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall describes the program and how new and established farmers can benefit through their participation.

Farmers: USDA - SARE wants your opinions on cover crops, regardless of whether you use them. The short online survey is available until March 27 and those who complete the questionnaire are eligible for a drawing for one or two $100 Visa gift cards. Results to be released this summer will help growers, researchers, agricultural advisors, ag retailers and policymakers more effectively address questions about cover crops and learn about best practices. This release has more info and a link to the survey.

Since the first phase of Heifer Development Clinic in 2012, IBC faculty and staff have provided beef cow producers with information on technology and making better management decisions. More than 600 people representing 51,000 beef cows attended at least one meeting of Heifer Development series I and/or II, and they’ve reported increased economic benefits and implementation of reproductive and genetics best management practices, and have been able to affordably expand their cow herd. Read more in this article on the ANR website.

Iowa Beef Center's newly released “Cattle Bidder” app for Android can help cattle feeders, order buyers and bankers determine maximum bids on feeder cattle purchases.

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