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Iowa Cowmaker Elite logo Producers across the predominant cow-calf sector of Iowa will have five opportunities next month to learn about reproductive efficiency from a number of angles and to investigate a new approach to managing heifers. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Patrick Wall said these five meetings, set for Nov. 17-21, will cover selecting the right genetics, the right heifer and the right bull to achieve individual herd goals. Note change of location for Nov. 21 morning session to Jones County Extension Office in Monticello.
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Sheep producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a field day featuring ewes and cover crops on Nov. 28 in Plymouth County. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialist Beth Doran organized the event and said, "Cover crops have been used to stretch grazing in the fall and early spring for cattle, but less research has been conducted regarding their potential with sheep. This field day features two northwest Iowa sheep producers who actively graze cover crops.”

Driftless Region Conference 2018 information

The sixth annual Driftless Region Beef Conference is set for Jan. 25-26, 2018 in Dubuque. This event is provided through cooperative effort of extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and features topics and information that focus on efficient and economic forage and beef production. Read more information in this release.

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There’s still time for beef producers to become certified or to update their Beef Quality Assurance certification, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Beth Doran has planned two such workshops in northwest Iowa. These events will help area cattle producers ensure they are meeting consumer and packer expectations.

Iowa soil temperature map for 10-25-17 With the first killing frost of fall 2017 in the books, ISU Extension agronomoist Brian Lang offers information, cautions and reminders about alfalfa and other forages in the latest Oct. 24 Crop News.
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ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers was the featured speaker for the October webinar of Iowa Learning Farms. He spoke on management-intensive grazing and grasslands, including fencing, water access and supplementation. See his recorded presentation. (~39 min.)

Iowa Forage and Grassland Council logo Save the date for the 2018 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council conference. The annual event will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Iowa State University Alumni Center in Ames. Topics presented by ISU speakers include grazing management for wildlife, corn silage quality, managed grazing benefits and the BRaNDS program. Cost is $40 for members, $60 for non-members, and registration deadline is Jan. 11. See more info on the IFGC website.
IVMA logo Researchers at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association need your help to better understand the impact of Johne's disease in beef cattle. Please consider completing this short survey to provide valuable information regarding the impact of this disease on the Iowa beef industry. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes.
feedlot cattle See our updated page of resources, information, sources and answers for all species for the Veterinary Feed Directive.
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