Iowa Beef Center

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, serves as the university’s extension program to cattle producers. Our dedicated group of faculty and staff work together to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry. We strive to be the No. 1 source “For all things beef."


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Iowa Beef Center
313 Kildee Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3150
Phone: 515-294-BEEF (2333)
Fax: 515-294-3795

last updated: April 15, 2014



News from Iowa Beef Center

2014 Beef Improvement Federation annual conference registration is open. See the tentative agenda for the June event. Check out the conference website for more information and links to registration and lodging options.

Iowa Beef Center wants to hear from feedlot operators. Growth opportunities and challenges exist in cattle production, and IBC director Dan Loy says the center wants to identify both of those to assist in education needs of the industry. That's why a survey is on its way.

Preliminary report of 2012 Ag Census now available. One quick fact: Iowa is second in top 10 states for total ag sales, crop sales and livestock sales; and third in number of farms. See more on the USDA website.

If you use the Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner software you'll want to download the latest version for your operation. This version -- V.14 --includes the new estrus synchronization protocol recommended in the 2014 sire summaries.

Iowa cow-calf producers may soon be receiving a survey in the mail from Iowa Beef Center, and director Dan Loy says results will be used to assist in profitable, sustainable growth of the state's beef industry.

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