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Cattle grazing. Integrating cover crops into a row crop system can be a challenge, especially when utilizing the cover crop as a forage resource. Beef producers interested in learning how Iowa State University research is helping producers capitalize on the added forage from cover crops can provide should plan to attend a southern Iowa field day on Tuesday, April 24.
Cowa, 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.
Cattle grazing. Prolonged winter weather has limited forage growth thus far this season, which means many producers are still feeding cows. Iowa State University beef specialist Chris Clark reminded producers that nutritional requirements are significantly greater during lactation and it is critical for producers to adjust rations appropriately this spring.
Cattle grazing. The annual Update for Veterinarians program, organized and provided by Iowa Beef Center, features a full day of education and information focused on beef cattle. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers coordinates the program and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the Tuesday, May 15, event at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton.
Cattle grazing. Iowa Cattlemen's Association plans May 17 Cover Crop Field Day for Fall Grazing event as part of its Stewards of the Land Project. Attendees will hear an update on the project, see rainfall simulator and grain drill modification demonstrations, and learn about soil sample baseline results. ISU extension beef specialist Joe Sellers is one of the speakers for the event, held at the SJS Cattle Company, 11988 500th St., Lucas. No cost to attend thanks to sponsors, but please RSVP to ICA by May 14 by calling 515-296-2266.
Cattle grazing. Emerging Farmers Forum invites your application. If you've recently returned to our family farm or are planning to return, this event could be just what you're looking for. It's a two-day all expenses paid workshop/cabin stay at Pinhook Farm near Clarinda on Aug. 1-2. Iowa Beef Center joins Iowa Learning Farms and several other sponsors to provide this opportunity. Applications are open through May 16, with notice of your application status by June 1. More info including link to the online application form is on the ILF website.
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.
feedlot cattle See our updated page of resources, information, sources and answers for all species for the Veterinary Feed Directive.
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