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: May 26, 2016



News from Iowa Beef Center

The initial Grassroots Grazing program for young and beginning graziers was such a success in 2015 that it's expanding into east central Iowa this year. The first session in Belle Plaine is June 9.

Five years of research through the USDA’s National Program for the Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle will be on display June 11 at an ISU nutrition field day. Beef specialist Patrick Wall said one trial features the new Feed Intake EPD from the American Hereford Association.

ISU, UNL and Lallemand Animal Nutrition are cooperating to offer the Silage for Beef Cattle Conference on June 17. Everyone with an interest in silage as part of beef diets is invited to register for the free event

The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle workshop, the premier national event in beef cattle reproductive management, will be held for the first time ever in Iowa later this year, and Iowa State University cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said the Sept. 7-8 event will include information for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, extension personnel and students.

Sericea Lespedeza is becoming a more prevalent weed in southern Iowa, and controlling this weed is becoming a bigger issue for producers. IBC and ISUEO are hosting two sessions of a June 21 weed and brush field day focusing on this weed at the McNay Research Farm.

Learn about crops following cover crops and the latest on handling area weed pressures at the June 22 weed and brush management field day near Corning. No cost for the event, which includes a free ribeye steak sandwich meal.

Four Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days will help northwest Iowa producers learn more about how to complete the BQA feedyard assessment. IBC, IBIC and ICA are partnering to offer these free programs, with two dates in early June and two in early July.

Thanks to the National BQA Program, there will be some assistance available for Iowa beef producers this summer to complete the BQA Feedyard Assessment. If you’re unsure where to start on the BQA Feedyard Assessment or would like someone to assist you in performing it on your farm from May through August 2016, please contact Doug Bear with Iowa Beef Industry Council.

IBC beef program specialist Joe Sellers played an important role in the success of ISU Extension and Outreach's Women Managing Cattle program. Learn more in this video.


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