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Cattle at feedbunk The 2019 Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 6-8 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said the goal of the event is to optimize participant learning through exposure to new technology, research and best management practices.
Cows, calves and producers in pasture Livestock producers who want to learn about optimizing forage and livestock production are invited to attend the five-part Greenhorn Grazing series at the ISU Davis County Extension Office this summer and fall. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark said the series has been a popular management course for producers over the years, with a solid base curriculum and ability to adjust the program to meet interests and needs of participants. The first session is June 26.
Baleage stored near pastures With grass slow to come this spring, it is likely that forage quality will rapidly change this summer. As a general rule of thumb, energy values (total digestible nutrients or TDN) of forages, pasture included, can decrease rapidly at a rate of 0.33-1.0% per day from vegetative to mature stage. To preserve forage quality, harvesting excess forage acres now can be beneficial for later feeding. To address some of the challenges associated with first cutting forage crops, many producers have turned towards harvesting forages as a baleage.
Pasture application of fertilizer Following the rough winter and high feed prices, many producers are anxious to get cows turned out to pasture. Taking time now to check your pastures and your grazing plan will help ensure a more successful grazing season. The Iowa Beef Center team offers a list of six spring pasture management tips to use now.
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Recent rains, floods and excess water could mean changes to your management and grazing practices, as well as current and future feed supplies. Check out these resources.

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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