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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 a wealth of info at a glance.

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.
Cattle in feedlot Based on the success of the initial beef feedlot short course in 2017, Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has planned a second event set for July 31-Aug. 2 in Ames. IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said the 2018 “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course” will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in a variety of topics, along with sessions at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada.
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 feedlot Southwest Iowa beef producers who want to become certified through the Beef Quality Assurance program have three opportunities this month (June) at sessions being hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark. The program at each session will cover numerous best management practices and will qualify producers for BQA certification.
Cattle in feedlot To aid beef producers in the Beef Quality Assurance certification process, the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Beef Industry Council, and several other partners are co-sponsoring a series of three BQA workshops in northwest Iowa this summer. Iowa State extension beef specialist Beth Doran said these sessions help producers maintain transparency and credibility with consumers.
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.
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.
VFD collage 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. It's 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.
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