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: January 26, 2015



News from Iowa Beef Center

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to Iowa’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. At the Jan. 31 event, you now can get that information for free according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall.

Iowa Beef Center's newly released “Cattle Bidder” app for Android can help cattle feeders, order buyers and bankers determine maximum bids on feeder cattle purchases.

A series of facility workshops designed for feedlot producers will offer an overview of facility types, advantages and disadvantages, with a goal of better-informed decision-making by those who attend. With a limit of 30 per site, register soon for one of the 11 locations with dates of mid-February through late March.

Cow-calf producers are invited to learn how to use information in semen and bull sale catalogs most effectively in their operations. IBC is cooperating with Select Sires and Agrarian to offer seven free clinics in Iowa.

A new series of six fact sheets on changes in coproducts and the subsequent effects on nutritional and economic value for beef cattle is now available from IBC. Each fact sheet provides specific relevant updated information on these changes and suggestions on how producers can effectively use the new products.

ISUEO beef program specialist Chris Clark offers tips on winter care for cattle in this article from "Living the Country Life."

Iowa native and ISU alum Donald Beerman has been named chair of the ISU animal science department. He began Jan. 5, and comes from University of Nebraska--Lincoln where he was interim director of the School and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.Beermane also led the UNL animal science department from 1999 to 2007. He succeeds Maynard Hogberg, who has been chair at ISU since 2003.

Need to get a confinement or commercial manure applicator certification? Or is it time to recertify? Iowa State is offering workshops for both programs early next year. Read more about the dates, locations and costs for confinement site workshops and commercial applicator training.

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