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: August 31, 2015



News from Iowa Beef Center

A Sept. 17 grazing management field day near Melrose hosted by Iowa Learning Farms and the Cooper Creek Watershed Project will feature ISUEO beef program specialist Joe Sellers talking about grassland management for bef producers. Craig Foster from NRCS and field day host farmer Charles Moore also will present at the event. No charge, but anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to RSVP to ensure an accurate meal count. See the event flier for details, including directions to farm, how to RSVP and updates on the watershed program.

This year's Van Buren County Pasture Walk focuses on baleage. The event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds in Keosauqua. Read more about the event and register soon to ensure adequate meal arrangements. Cost is just is $5 per person and includes the evening meal.

Silage is the focus of the latest E-Dairy News and Views from ISU Extension and Outreach's dairy team. Read this issue where articles explain how to make and harvest quality silage and when to use innoculants. Sign up for the newsletter on the team's website.

A Master Hoof Care workshop is set for Sept. 10 at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis. Dr. Jan Shearer from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine is the featured speaker of the one-day program which is designed for a limited number of participants.

Livestock producers who want to enhance their grazing management skills should plan to attend one of four Serious Graziers workshops held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach across Iowa next month.

Frequent rains in Iowa this summer have become a challenge for hay producers planning to mow, bale and store hay. It’s important to recognize the impact that rain can have on hay, and understand how to deal with rain-related issues.

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

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