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Katy Lippolis Two Iowa State University projects, both coordinated by Iowa Beef Center and ISU extension beef specialists, were among 17 recently awarded funding through the 2018 North Central Extension Risk Management Education Program. Beef specialist Denise Schwab is the project director for “Fall Grazed Cover Crops - Balancing Feed Cost and Weather Risk” and beef specialist Patrick Wall will lead the “’Iowa Cowmaker Elite’ Bred Heifer Development Risk Management Project.”
Chopping silage Beef and dairy producers are reminded that the registration deadline for the Aug. 28 Northwest Iowa Corn Silage Clinic is approaching. The newly posted event brochure includes topics, agenda and registration details and a registration panel to help them meet the Aug. 22 deadline. The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension Dairy Team are hosting the event 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.
Katy Lippolis Katy Lippolis isn't an Iowa native, but the new Iowa State extension cow-calf specialist says she feels right at home in the state where her roots in agriculture began. She's especially looking forward to working with producers to help develop management strategies to improve production, total industry efficiency and profitability in their operations.
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.
Hands of silage Proceedings from the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference held June 21 in Dubuque are now available on our website. The conference featured presentations from academic and industry experts, including Iowa State Extension dairy specialist Hugo Ramirez and beef specialists Denise Schwab and Garland Dahlke.
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.
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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