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Cattle Grazing A three-day bus trip to Kansas in August will offer Iowa beef producers the opportunity to tour beef industry breed organizations, visit a variety of private and Kansas State University facilities, and talk with successful producers and researchers. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers said the Aug. 22-24 trip will provide a wealth of information, experiences and discussion opportunities to tour attendees. Registration deadline is July 22.
Cattle in feedlot The deadline to register for the Iowa Beef Center’s 2018 Beef Feedlot Short Course is drawing close, so if you’re thinking about attending this year’s event you’ll want to act soon. IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said there are a limited number of remaining spots in the “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course” and the deadline is July 24 or if the attendance limit of 30 is reached.
Chopping silage Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension Dairy Team are hosting the Northwest Iowa Corn Silage Clinic on Aug. 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Iowa State extension dairy specialist Fred Hall and beef specialist Beth Doran, both from northwest Iowa, are organizing the program.
Iowa Beef Quality Assurance symbol Three stockmanship, handling and Beef Quality Assurance workshops featuring Dr. Tom Noffsinger from Nebraska will be held in Iowa July 30 and 31. In the stockmanship sessions, Noffsinger will teach participants about cattle handling methods that improve animal movement and cattle performance by reducing stress on livestock. Iowa State Extension specialists Denise Schwab and Russ Euken are coordinating the workshops and will lead BQA certification sessions at each. Please preregister for the site you wish to attend to ensure adequate meal count.
McNay Farm heifers

The 2018 field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm, set for Aug. 7, southwest of Chariton will provide updates on grazing cover crops, summer annual and alfalfa trials, pasture renovation and Canadian thistle control. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers said the annual event is free and no preregistration is necessary.

VFD collage Final call for responses to 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. The survey is available until Aug. 1 and is 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.
HEAT graphic When heat is here: Check your cattle, provide plenty of shade and water, and delay unnecessary movement. Check the USDA-ARS Cattle Risk Factors and actions to minimize heat stress pages. Although the emergency and danger areas have given way to alert and perhaps even approach normal range, this can change. Be sure to watch yourself and employees for heat-related symptoms as well. See our drought resources page for more info.
Seven-day percent of normal precipitation map for June 20, 2018

Recent rains and flooding have cattle producers dealing with flooded pastures, water-logged facilities and manure management challenges. One of the first things to check is structural strength of the livestock buildings, electrical equipment and safety of the water systems says Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Our flood-related resources offers info at a glance.

Handful of silage Iowa Beef Center, University of Nebraska—Lincoln and Lallemand Animal Nutrition offered a "Silage for Beef Cattle" conference June 14. The entire event was livestreamed and the video recording is now available on our website. It's just under 7.5 hours in length.
Cattle in pasture. The iconic "Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers" has been completely updated and revised by a team of extension professionals across disciplines, and is ready for all producers who use grazing systems for their herds. The 167-page publication includes full color photos of material and topics presented, as well as illustrations of forage growth, designing pasture systems and more. Read more and get the link to order.
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