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: June 24, 2016



News from Iowa Beef Center

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.

Managing timbered pastures is a challenge as landowners and tenants must balance forage production and lumber production. Attend a July 12 field day near Fayette to see how one landowner and tenant are working together to make the best of both opportunities.

Use first heat event of 2016 to set and check mitigation strategies for your animals. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers these reminders.

Beef producers in northwest Iowa who haven’t yet completed a feedlot assessment are invited to learn about the process at one of two remaining field days offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in July. The events are free and offer BQA certification.

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.

The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle workshop, the premier national event in beef cattle reproductive management, will be held for the first time ever in Iowa later this year, and Iowa State University cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said the Sept. 7-8 event will include information for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, extension personnel and students.

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.

IBC beef program specialist Joe Sellers played an important role in the success of ISU Extension and Outreach's Women Managing Cattle program. Learn more in this video.


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