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: September 17, 2014



News from Iowa Beef Center

See a review of information and links to handouts from the 2014 Gerrish Grazing Series, as provided by Jim Gerrish.

A beef facilities tour is set for Thursday, Sept. 25 at three southern Iowa locations. Organized through ISU's Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network, this tour offers looks at and questions about hoop, monoslope and pitted structures. See the program flyer. No cost, but please preregister by Sept. 22. Contact IBC's Patrick Wall by phone at 515-450-7665 or email at

The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at ISU was dedicated Aug. 29. The center has been open and in use by ISU and a variety of external groups and organizations since January of this year. Named in honor of the Hansens for their $2 million gift, the building has an indoor arena with seating space for 1,000 people, four classrooms, a conference room and ample parking. The Center is near the site of the old dairy farm. See more about the center.

Iowa Beef Center and its grazing partners will host numerous grazing events in 2014, ranging from courses for beginning to experienced graziers to a specific series of workshops around Iowa led by grazing consultant Jim Gerrish. See all events on the IBC grazing page.

IBC's Patrick Wall presents a four-part video series, "ABCs of EPDs" on a new webpage devoted to genetic selection topics.

See these resource pages (Sources and resources are added as they are available.)
Flood resources
Water management and drought resources
ISU Extension and Outreach resources

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Water Quality Initiatives for Small Iowa Beef and Dairy Feedlot Operations (IMMAG)

Cattle Industry Resources

Applied Beef Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle

eXtension Beef Cattle Community

National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium

National Program for the Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency of Beef Cattle

University of Nebraska--Lincoln Beef Extension Program