News from Iowa Beef Center
Iowa Beef Center wants to hear from feedlot operators. Growth opportunities and challenges exist in cattle production, and IBC director Dan Loy says the center wants to identify both of those to assist in education needs of the industry. That's why a survey is on its way.
Iowa Cattlemen's Association is hosting two feedlot forums in March to help producers learn more about preparing for EPA/IDNR site evaluations. Both events are free -- March 20 in Maquoketa and March 21 in Clear Lake -- but please register with ICA to ensure adequate meal planning. Call 515-296-2266 or email Dianne@iabeef.org
Northwest Iowa beef producers and agribusiness staff are invited to the Cattle Issues Forum in Primghar on March 25. Learn about feedlot work plans, feedyard assessments and more. No charge, but please preregister for the 7 p.m. meeting. See the program flyer. Read more in this release.
Preliminary report of 2012 Ag Census now available. One quick fact: Iowa is second in top 10 states for total ag sales, crop sales and livestock sales; and third in number of farms. See more on the USDA website.
If you use the Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner software you'll want to download the latest version for your operation. This version -- V.14 --includes the new estrus synchronization protocol recommended in the 2014 sire summaries.
Summer internship applications for perennial forage evaluation now being accepted. IBC's Dan Loy and Stephanie Hansen will mentor this position, to be located on campus with travel to the ISU Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis. See more information including a link to the online application form. Don't delay -- deadline is Friday, March 7.
Iowa cow-calf producers may soon be receiving a survey in the mail from Iowa Beef Center, and director Dan Loy says results will be used to assist in profitable, sustainable growth of the state's beef industry.
Ergot contamination of forages and small grains was an emerging issue in 2013, beginning with the cool wet spring that allowed the increased prevalence of Claviceps purpura, the fungus that produces ergot. Read what IBC staff did to learn more
Three new beef health-related publications are now available through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online store. Iowa State Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell authored the publications and said each addresses a specific concern.