News from Iowa Beef Center
The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall said this year’s conference, set for Jan. 18 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition.
“Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment” will focus specifically on management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve long term profitability. This series, sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) in partnership with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, is a follow-up to the 2012 series on yearling heifers, “Heifer Development: Rebuilding our Future.” Learn more about HD2.
Iowa youth in grades 4 and up interested in beef cattle are invited to the "2014 Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza" on Jan. 18 at the Iowa Lakes Community College campus in Emmetsburg. The program offers hands-on learning about Iowa beef production, getting the best product for your efforts and learning ways to increase fair exhibit quality of beef projects. Plus, ISU farm superintendent Marshall Ruble will lead a session on halter breaking a calf in 30 minutes or less. Cost is $5 per youth with a $10 family maximum for the daylong program, with accompanying adults welcome at no charge. See more info and a link to the brochure. Registrations due by Jan. 7 and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Driftless Region Beef Conference. The program focuses on the interaction and integration of beef cattle and crop production, and features individual speakers, breakout sessions and farmer panel. Early registration is $80 per person by midnight Jan. 22, rising to $100 after that time. See the conference website with links to program, sponsors and registration information. Extension folks from Iowa State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota and University of WIsconsin--Madison cooperate on developing and offering the event.
Patrick Wall brings education, experience and enthusiasm to his new positions as Iowa State extension beef program specialist. Learn more about his background and plans for future programming in southeast Iowa.
A new fact sheet from IBC describes results of a feedlot pumping demonstration project using small electric sewage pumps. The system is applicable to feedlots with less than 1,000 head AND do not require NPDES permits. Bottom line? These pumps can be cost effective for these smaller operations. Download your copy of "Inexpensive Pumping Systems to Manage Small Feedlot Runoff."
If you use grazing in your operation, ISU animal science grad student Justin Bisinger would like to hear from you. His project "Grazing and perennial grasslands" includes a survey that asks about experience, thoughts and opinions. The survey closes Dec. 13 so submit your answer now through this link.