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Continuous wrapped baleage Wet conditions have created significant challenges this year for producers who are working to put up hay for winter forage needs. Shorter days and cooler fall temperatures add to the challenge of putting up dry hay. Producers who still need to put up hay this fall may want to consider making baleage as an option for dealing with cold and wet weather conditions.
Beef cattle feeding The 2019 Beef Nutrition Research Showcase, set for Wednesday, December 4, features a variety of topics presented by eight Iowa State University speakers, all with an eye on practical research and market information. It's presented by Iowa Beef Center and the ruminant nutrition group in the animal science department at Iowa State.
Beef Quality Assurance graphic Beef Quality Assurance Transportation is the latest certification needed for beef cattle haulers and producers who deliver cattle to major packing plants.To help transporters become certified in BQA transportation, a multi-state workshop will be offered by Iowa State Extension and Outreach, South Dakota State University Extension and University of Minnesota Extension on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sioux Falls Regional Livestock. This will be the last in-person workshop offered in South Dakota and northwest Iowa for 2019.
Cows grazing fall cover crops The use of cover crops following grain production is a great way to protect soil, reduce erosion, improve water quality and enhance soil quality. While fall grazing crops face weather-related challenges, they also can reduce feed costs. A new infographic shares experiences, information and advice from 18 producers who have fall-grazed cover crops for at least two years.
Person entering spreadsheet information using a tablet As beef cattle producers turn their attention to weaning, the Iowa Beef Center encourages producers to consider using its 205-Day Weight Calculator. This free spreadsheet tool assists beef producers in calculating Standardized 205-Day weaning weights. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said weaning weights are used to evaluate differences in growth potential of calves and the milking ability of dams.
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With the limited hay crops in some areas this summer, beef producers may want to consider harvesting corn silage to supplement the cow herd this winter. Corn silage can be a very cost effective feedstuff for cow herds, but proper harvesting, storing and feeding is critical to maintain silage quality and feed value. Dr. Hugo Ramirez Ramirez, Iowa State University dairy specialist, shared his top five priorities for making quality silage.

Harvesting corn silage In the absence of a reported market price, determining a fair price for corn silage is a negotiation between buyer and seller. As in most negotiations, the fair price is what the seller and buyer agree to, but there are many variables to consider in negotiating that price. Iowa State University extension livestock specialist Russ Euken offers guidance for sellers and buyers.
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The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University are STILL asking for help from midwestern confined cow-calf producers on a survey project. The main goal of this project is to determine the common management practices utilized, the incidence and importance of animal disease, and the nutritional management practices in confined cow-calf operations. We want to improve our understanding of how these operations are managed so that we can better serve producer needs through research and educational activities. All data collected will be completely confidential and no individual answers will be published. Any presentation of the results of the survey will have all answers compiled from all participants. We hope to complete our data collection and analysis by this fall so producer educational programming may be planned beginning in 2020. The survey is available online here https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bgyUzdjBrQJaBFj  and in paper version. Request a paper copy by contacting Dr. Terry Engelken at 515-294-2192. A stamped return envelope will be included so you can mail the completed survey back at no charge. You can email Engelken with any questions.

Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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