|News from Iowa Beef Center|
|Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is wrapping up the data collection phase of a project to characterize how Iowa producers produce and use silage and earlage for cattle feed. Approximately 100 surveys completed by producers detailing the production, storage and feeding methods and 50 samples of silage and earlage have been collected and analyzed at Dairyland Labs as part of the project. Not surprisingly, the sample information reveals a great deal of variation in silage and earlage dry matter and nutrient composition. The corn silage analysis data will be entered into the Iowa Beef Center's Corn Silage to Beef Calculator to determine how that variation can affect the pounds of beef produced per acre. That information, plus the survey and lab analysis information, will be compiled and analyzed. A report developed from that analysis that will be available later this summer through the Iowa Beef Center. For more information contact ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Russ Euken by phone 641-923-2856 or email.|
|ISU associate scientist Garland Dahlke recently updated the Iowa Beef Center’s Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software, and said the new version is easier to use and has the most current information from the latest Nutrient Requirements of Beef Center from the National Research Council. Owners of earlier versions of professional and standard editions can update at a low cost.|
|Grassroots Grazing is designed for graziers interested in a more controlled or management-intensive grazing system, says Iowa State extension beef program specialist Denise Schwab. Livestock producers with an interest in strengthening or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Grassroots Grazing workshops in northeast Iowa offered by Iowa State and regional NRCS offices. The summer-fall five-part series is just $50.|
|National cattle behavior specialist Temple Grandin will join beef cattle specialists from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota at the June 8 Cattle Stewardship Conference in Spirit Lake. Iowa State extension beef program specialist Beth Doran said Grandin provides a unique view of stewardship to attendees and the event is a great opportunity for attendees to hear from her and become Beef Quality Assurance certified. Registration fee of $30 is due by May 31.|
|Students from Iowa State University’s Beef Cattle Systems Management class received real life information and advice during a recent tour of three northwest Iowa beef industries. Class instructor and Iowa Beef Center director Dan Loy said the field trip provides a unique opportunity for students.|
|The ISU Allee Demonstration Farm is home to a three-year study exploring the integration of cereal rye as a cover crop with stocker cattle and row crop operations, as well as how grazing of cereal rye affects soil fertility and compaction. Attendees at a spring field day learned about some of the early results.|
|Southern Iowa beef producers who want to learn more about grazing management and managing tall fescue are invited to attend any of four beef management workshops this spring. Organizer and ISU extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the session dates of May 30, May 31 and June 1, will allow attendees to hear from experts from University of Missouri and AgBotanica who also will be presenting at the 2017 Veterinarian Update session on May 31.|
|Southeast Iowa producers who want to conserve natural resources while being able to optimize their forage and livestock production are invited to attend the 2017 Greenhorn Grazing series in Mount Pleasant this summer. Register early for the five-session series and pay just $60.|
|Beef veterinarians can receive six continuing education credits for attending the Iowa Beef Center’s 2017 Update for Veterinarians program at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton. Organizer Joe Sellers said the May 31 event will feature a variety of in-depth and up to date health and nutrition topics. Register by May 29 for $65 which includes the noon meal.|
|Do you use grazing contracts in your operation? If so, you'll want to take a look at our new publication on establishing rental price for four common types of contracts. The two-page fact sheet, Pasture and Grazing Arrangements for Beef Cattle also includes links to online resources from ISU Extension’s Ag Decision Maker and Iowa Beef Center. It’s available as a free pdf download through the ISU Extension and Outreach store website. Learn more.|
Livestock producers interested in learning to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the 2017 Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series in Winterset. ISUEO beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the five-part series runs from June through November and the $50 fee includes a meal and materials for each session. Get the details on workshop topics, dates and registration contacts.
|Lots of rain can mean lots of problems for crops and livestock. Check out our flood resources page and information for spring calving in wet or muddy conditions.|
|Confused about feeding Chlortetracycline to your beef cows or feedlot cattle? The transition of Chlortetracycline or CTC to a VFD drug has highlighted several issues that are raising questions or problems for Iowa beef producers, according to Iowa State University extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell. He and others have developed two informational pieces to address those concerns.|
|See our updated page of resources, information, sources and answers for all species for the Veterinary Feed Directive.|
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