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ISU extension beef specialist Patrick Wall said the new Cattle in the Green series was developed to meet the needs of beef operations regardless of size. Topics include finances and operational decisions, and how to look for and use simple management changes for better results. This five-part series in Marion County begins Feb. 11. Registration is needed by Feb. 8.

Danelle Bickett-Widdle and Paul Plummer. The upcoming virtual Driftless Region Conference is packed with timely topics for every beef producer, including livestock health, safety and security. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, lead public health veterinarian for Iowa State University, and Dr. Paul Plummer, Anderson Chair of Veterinary Services at ISU VDPAM will address those topics.
Cattle in pasture near trees. A five-part series set in southeast Iowa is designed to assist with cattle producers with a new way of looking at management and economic decisions for better financial results in their operations. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall created the series and said he looks forward to sharing knowledge and information to help producers find more profit, eliminate money pits and lower stress levels.
Cow for body condition scoring example. Body condition scoring is an easy trait to record and is strongly correlated to cow productivity. But don’t overlook the value of body condition scoring your cattle multiple times throughout the year. Read more about a new four-page publication from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University with the information you need to do that.
Brenda Boetel. The upcoming virtual Driftless Region Beef Conference will host speaker Dr. Brenda Boetel. Dr. Boetel is the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Professor and Department Chair of Agricultural Economics and UW Madison Division of Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Boetel will give viewers an insight on current market trends and the 2021 agricultural market outlook.
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As beef cattle producers turn their attention to weaning, the Iowa Beef Center encourages producers to consider using its free 205-Day Weight Calculator. Producers enter calf identification, birth date, weaning date, weaning weight and cow age, and the Excel-based tool will calculate weaning weights to an adjusted 205-day weight. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said adjusting weaning weights to a common calf age is important for comparing cows based on the performance of the calves they produce.

 

Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

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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