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As interest in using hoop barns for calving continues to grow, so does the need to understand the unique management techniques necessary for this approach. Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist, has scheduled an on-farm workshop to address this need. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Brewer Family Farm near Dallas Center.

cover crops Producers interested in learning more about cover crops and how to successfully incorporate their use in both stocker cattle and cow-calf operations are invited to two field day events in northwest Iowa on Tuesday, April 11. The morning session is at the Iowa State University Allee Research Farm near Newell and the afternoon session is at the Mark Schleisman farm near Lake City. Both locations and noon lunch are free with RSVP.
silage production survey and analysis Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is working on a project to characterize how Iowa producers produce and use silage and earlage for cattle feed. A two-pronged approach led by extension beef program specialist Russ Euken will use results from a current survey of Iowa producers and lab analysis of silage and earlage samples. Learn how to be part of the survey and possibly qualify for free silage/earlage analysis.
Cattle in muddy feedlot Even though snow cover this winter is less than many years, spring calving operations need to prepare now. Long-term cool wet weather and accompanying persistent muddy conditions are more than difficult, they can be deadly. Iowa State Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers reminders and suggestions for helping cows and calves through the next few months.
Feedlot cattle Confused about feeding Chlortetracycline to your beef cows or feedlot cattle? The transition of Chlortetracycline or CTC to a VFD drug has highlighted several issues that are raising questions or problems for Iowa beef producers, according to Iowa State University extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell. He and others have developed two informational pieces to address those concerns.
BRaNDS Software Beef producers interested in software to help with balancing rations will want to check out IBC's newly updated Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS) ration balancing software. Association scientist Garland Dahlke recently completed this update and said the new version is more user friendly and reflects recently updated guidelines in the "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."
feedlot cattle See our updated page of resources, information, sources and answers for all species for the Veterinary Feed Directive.
A VFD webinar presented by IBC beef program specialist Chris Clark and hosted by Iowa Farm Bureau on Sept. 20 is archived on the IFBF website.
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