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: December 18, 2014



News from Iowa Beef Center

Good news for beef producers who attended last year’s 3-State Beef Conference: Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln (UNL) is returning. Learn more about the 2015 program and agenda for the Creston site.

For the beef producer who seemingly has everything this holiday season, consider a registration to the 2015 Driftless Region Beef Conference in Dubuque on Jan. 22-23. Cost is just $85 through Jan. 15 and includes proceedings.

Learn about the sustainability of the beef industry and how it impacts your operation at the Driftless Region Beef Conference next month in Dubuque. Keynote speaker Jude Capper will present her research on beef’s environmental footprint and what sustainability means to the future of the beef industry.

Need to get a confinement or commercial manure applicator certification? Or is it time to recertify? Iowa State is offering workshops for both programs early next year. Read more about the dates, locations and costs for confinement site workshops and commercial applicator training.

Iowa native and ISU alum Donald Beerman has been named chair of the ISU animal science department. He begins Jan. 5, and comes from University of Nebraska--Lincoln where he was interim director of the School and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.Beermane also led the UNL animal science department from 1999 to 2007. He succeeds Maynard Hogberg, who has been chair at ISU since 2003.

The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference will feature speakers on the farm bill, fescue, and efficiency during the Jan. 31, 2015 event. Admission is free, no preregistration is necessary, and attendees will receive a copy of the proceedings. See more info, including a link to the event brochure, in this release.

IBC's Patrick Wall presents a four-part video series, "ABCs of EPDs" on a web page devoted to genetic selection topics.

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