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Gooseneck trailer used for transporting cattle. Need to get your Beef Quality Assurance certification or Beef Quality Assurance Transportation certification? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council are offering two workshops on June 12 at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. Beth Doran, ISU extension beef specialist who's providing the workshops, said they enable producers to become BQA certified, which is a requirement of some packers.
Baleage stored near pastures With grass slow to come this spring, it is likely that forage quality will rapidly change this summer. As a general rule of thumb, energy values (total digestible nutrients or TDN) of forages, pasture included, can decrease rapidly at a rate of 0.33-1.0% per day from vegetative to mature stage. To preserve forage quality, harvesting excess forage acres now can be beneficial for later feeding. To address some of the challenges associated with first cutting forage crops, many producers have turned towards harvesting forages as a baleage.
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A wet fall, unusually cold temperatures, excess rain, and in some cases flooding, have cattle and sheep producers wondering how they will manage forage shortages this summer and lay in forages for next winter. The good news is there are haying, grazing and silage options, according to Beth Doran, beef specialist with ISU extension. But she cautions that producers should check with their crop insurance agents about their alternative plans before a final decision is implemented.

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Cattle producers can increase their knowledge of current feedlot issues and profitability during the June 13 Cattle Feeders Day at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center near Armstrong. Researchers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide answers to producer questions related to animal health, nutrition and producing high quality, marketable beef, according to program organizer Erika Lundy, extension beef specialist.

Update for Veterinarians meeting graphic The annual Update for Veterinarians program, organized and provided by Iowa Beef Center, features a full day of education and information focused on beef cattle production. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark coordinates the program and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the event set for Tuesday, June 11, at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton.
Plants peeking through silt layer on field Flood waters may be receding, but renovation of flooded pastures is taking top billing. Beth Doran, Iowa State extension beef specialist, and Joel DeJong, Iowa State Extension field agronomist say now is the time for producers to check pasture plants for survival and start planning for possible renovation.
Pasture application of fertilizer Following the rough winter and high feed prices, many producers are anxious to get cows turned out to pasture. Taking time now to check your pastures and your grazing plan will help ensure a more successful grazing season. The Iowa Beef Center team offers a list of six spring pasture management tips to use now.
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Recent rains, floods and excess water could mean changes to your management and grazing practices, as well as current and future feed supplies. Check out these resources.

Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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