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Cover Crop field day attendees The ISU Allee Demonstration Farm is home to a three-year study exploring the integration of cereal rye as a cover crop with stocker cattle and row crop operations, as well as how grazing of cereal rye affects soil fertility and compaction. Attendees at a spring field day learned about some of the early results.
grazing cows Southern Iowa beef producers who want to learn more about grazing management and managing tall fescue are invited to attend any of four beef management workshops this spring. Organizer and ISU extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the session dates of May 30, May 31 and June 1, will allow attendees to hear from experts from University of Missouri and AgBotanica who also will be presenting at the 2017 Veterinarian Update session on May 31.
greenhorn grazing series Southeast Iowa producers who want to conserve natural resources while being able to optimize their forage and livestock production are invited to attend the 2017 Greenhorn Grazing series in Mount Pleasant this summer. Register early for the five-session series and pay just $60.
Beef veterinarians can receive six continuing education credits for attending the Iowa Beef Center’s 2017 Update for Veterinarians program at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton. Organizer Joe Sellers said the May 31 event will feature a variety of in-depth and up to date health and nutrition topics. Register by May 29 for $65 which includes the noon meal.
grazing factsheet available Do you use grazing contracts in your operation? If so, you'll want to take a look  at our new publication on establishing rental price for four common types of contracts. The two-page fact sheet, Pasture and Grazing Arrangements for Beef Cattle also includes links to online resources from ISU Extension’s Ag Decision Maker and Iowa Beef Center. It’s available as a free pdf download through the ISU Extension and Outreach store website. Learn more.
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.
greenhorn grazing series

Livestock producers interested in learning to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the 2017 Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series in Winterset. ISUEO beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the five-part series runs from June through November and the $50 fee includes a meal and materials for each session. Get the details on workshop topics, dates and registration contacts.

Muddy conditions Lots of rain can mean lots of problems for crops and livestock. Check out our flood resources page and information for spring calving in wet or muddy conditions.
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.
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.
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