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Cattle in pasture. The iconic "Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers" has been completely updated and revised by a team of extension professionals across disciplines, and is ready for all producers who use grazing systems for their herds. The 167-page publication includes full color photos of material and topics presented, as well as illustrations of forage growth, designing pasture systems and more. Read more and get the link to order.
Cattle in pasture. ISU Extension and Outreach is co-hosting the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference in Dubuque on June 21. Extension dairy specialist Hugo Ramirez and beef specialists Denise Schwab and Garland Dahlke are among the academic and industry experts who will present information on a wide variety of topics related to growing and using quality silage. Cost is $50 when registered before midnight on June 14, and includes lunch and refreshment breaks.
Cows, calves and people in pasture. Livestock producers who want to learn about optimizing forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the Greenhorn Grazing series at the Iowa State University McNay Research Farm near Chariton this summer and fall. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers said the series begins May 31.
Beef cattle The global beef market continues to indicate that consumers are salivating for high quality beef and they’re willing to open their wallets to enjoy the experience. Iowa’s rolling hills and abundant feed resources provide a great competitive advantage for producing high quality beef and being able to grain-finish the end product. Beef cattle producers who want to learn more about how they, too, can benefit are invited to attend “Feeding Higher Quality Cattle” on Thursday, June 7 in Oskaloosa.
Handful of silage Building on the success of a similar conference in 2016, Iowa Beef Center is partnering with University of Nebraska—Lincoln and Lallemand Animal Nutrition to offer a one-day conference "Silage for Beef Cattle." Iowa State feedlot specialist and IBC director Dan Loy said organizers of the Thursday, June 14, event want as many people as possible to access the information, so IBC will again host a live-streaming option for those who can't make it to Mead, NE.
Skunk River Watershed Project Sponsorlogos The Lower Skunk River Watershed Project invites all to a pasture walk and Hereford tour near Lockridge on Wednesday, June 6. The project and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide supper prepared by the Jefferson County Cattlemen beginning at 5 p.m., followed by an evening pasture walk with Thomas Heidt and his Herefords. Learn about rotational grazing, weed and brush management, erosion control and fescue management. No cost to attend, but please RSVP before 4 p.m. on Monday, June 4. See the event flyer for details, address and registration contacts.
Animal Industry Report logo The 2018 Iowa State University Animal Industry Report is now available online. The annual report, now in its 15th year, features a variety of animal industry-related research done at Iowa State that is supported by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The report is coordinated through the animal science department.
Iowa Beef Checkoff Program logo Five research projects from Iowa State University and Iowa Beef Center are among those funded as part of Iowa Beef Industry Council's first call for proposals. More than a dozen Iowa State campus and field-based research and extension faculty and staff will lead the projects.
VFD collage National survey looks at how VFD has affected herd management, animal health. If you’re over age 18 and raise beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry or any other food producing animal, you’re invited to participate in a survey on the Michigan State University website. It's anticipated to take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and participation is voluntary. Take the survey online here. ISU extension beef specialist Chris Clark represents Iowa on this group and is available to answer your questions about the survey or its intended use. Contact him by email.
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