June 12 Webinar on Iowa Cow-Calf Production: Exploring Different Management Systems

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AMES, Iowa – Iowa Beef Center’s Cow Systems Project, a research project to characterize three cow-calf production management systems across Iowa, will be the focus of a June 12 webinar sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau.

This webinar, set to begin at 1 p.m., will include an overview of the results from this project. It was originally designed to identify costs, environmental impacts and best practices of three cow-calf systems: limited, traditional and extended grazed systems. Iowa State University Extension beef specialists Denise Schwab and Erika Lundy will lead the webinar discussion.

“The traditional or conventional system consists of pasture grazing during the growing season and winter feeding of harvested or purchased feed in either a lot or open area,” Schwab said. “The second is an extensive grazing system which aims to have cows grazing most of the year with little supplemental feeds. The third system is a limited grazing system where most of the feed is harvested and cows are confined in a building or drylot for much of the time.”

Lundy said the research project included 28 Iowa producer cooperators with real data on production costs, forage quality, feeds and rations, as well as soil samples.

"In the webinar, we will focus on some of the research findings, best management practices, keys to profitability in each system as well as opportunities and challenges of the systems,” she said. "We encourage participants to ask questions during the webinar."

The full results of the project can be found on the ISU Extension Store at https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/15561. The publication can be downloaded at no cost as pdf documents in its entirety and by individual chapter and appendix.

See all the event details, including information on testing your computer's ability to access the webinar site and preregistering, on the Iowa Farm Bureau website at https://tinyurl.com/iacowcalf. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. The webinar will be archived and available for later viewing on the Iowa Farm Bureau website. 



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-745-5902, ellundy@iastate.edu
Denise Schwab, ISU Extension beef specialist, 319-721-9624, dschwab@iastate.edu


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