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: November 19, 2014



News from Iowa Beef Center

Save the date -- Driftless Region Beef Conference, Dubuque, Jan. 22-23, 2015.

Save the date --Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference, Ottumwa, Jan. 31, 2015.

Cattle producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a workshop featuring the newly updated version of the Feedlot Monitoring Program (FMP) software. The workshop will be Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach office in Sac County.

It’s not too late for beef producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certified. In fact, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Industry Council, and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are co-hosting three meetings in northwest Iowa to provide that opportunity.

The 2014 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC) Conference will be held November 25 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. The event begins with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the IFGC annual meeting at 9 a.m., and is open to anyone interested in forage and grassland issues.

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

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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