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cattle grazing The second session of Grassroots Grazing provides a unique opportunity for attendees. The September 15 session will be held at the ISU Marsden Agronomy Farm and Field Extension Education Laboratory location near Boone, and offers a first-hand look and up-to-date information on grazing, cover crops, crop rotation options, and the Marsden Farm cropping experiment itself.
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Are you prepared for implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive on January 1, 2017? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association are partnering to offer a free educational series about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Iowa State Extension beef program specialist Chris Clark said Iowa veterinarians, livestock producers, and feed industry personnel are invited to attend any of 11 session locations throughout the state.
grazing cow and calf This year’s annual Van Buren County Pasture Walk focus is on using cover crops as a forage source. Jason and Paul Wells from near Milton will host the event and share information and experiences of using cover crops as forage in their dairy operation. Please preregister by Sept. 2 for the Sept. 7 event.
flood resources See our newly updated list of sources and resources for those whose operations and farms may be affected by flooding or other high water situations.
Beef Rrprodu tion Task Force Don't miss out! The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Workshop is set for Sept. 7-8 in Des Moines and registrations are still being accepted. Host site organizer Iowa State University cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said the workshop is a must-attend event for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, students, and extension personnel.
photo Watch out for ergot-infected grass this summer. ISU Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell and ISU Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers say the climate this summer has produced a favorable environment for Ergot fungus to infect seed heads of many forage grasses. The toxins produced by the Ergot fungus will compound fescue toxicity. The dark colored Ergot bodies can be visualized within the grass seed head. Grazing or feeding infected hay along with fescue may lead to clinical problems in your herd. If in doubt, have your hay tested for ergopeptides. See more information in this publication, "Ergot Poisoning in Cattle" available as a free download.
photo A new publication from Iowa Beef Center, Growth Promotant Implants for Cattle - IBC 113, has guidance for beef producers on how to develop an appropriate strategy for using growth promoting implants and find the right implants for that strategy. The publication also contains a table of currently available implants categorized by potency and active ingredient, and info on which animal class (suckling, stocker or feedlot) is approved for each individual brand of implant.
Goat nutrition software
A new nutrition software program will help Iowa goat producers with accurate information on nutrition needs and diet formulations for their animals. "Goat Nutrition" is for all goats of all ages, and the one-time price includes personalized assistance and future updates.
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