Cow-Calf Producers Invited to Talk Strategy at Winter Meeting Series

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Cow and calf in pasture

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12/16/16 (9th site added)

AMES, Iowa -- Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Iowa State cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn is organizing the workshops and will share information about feeding, including grazing harvest residue, cover crops and alternative feeds.

“I’ll also talk about controlling feed waste, formulating balanced rations and winter supplementation,” he said. “In addition, extension beef program specialists will present other cost-controlling management schemes specific to their areas.”

Some of the information to be shared involves research that investigated factors affecting feeder calf price and how changes in marketing timing may affect revenue. He and extension beef program specialists from each area also will talk about other long-term strategies that improve revenue such as changes in the breeding program and how to shorten the calving season, Gunn said.

“Annual cow costs are projected to be more than $800, and up to 45 percent higher than in 2010 before drought conditions impacted the U.S.,” he said. “Because winter feed costs are one of the largest expenses, reducing feed cost while maintaining cow productivity is key for producers to achieve good returns.”

Preregister by the date listed below and pay $20 per person at the door. Walk-in registration is $25 with no meal guarantee. Preregister either by calling IBC at 515-294-2333 or emailing You also can contact the beef program specialist listed by that individual session.


Jan. 3. Fairfield, Jefferson County Fairgrounds. 6 to 9 p.m. Preregister by Dec. 27. Patrick Wall, 515-450-7665
Jan. 5. Winterset, Jackson Building, Madison County Fairgrounds. Noon to 3 p.m. Preregister by Dec. 29. Joe Sellers, 641-203-1270
Jan. 5. Atlantic, Cass County Community Center. 6 to 9 p.m. Preregister by Dec. 29. Chris Clark, 712-250-0070
Jan. 17. Provotin, the Mint. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preregister by Jan. 10. Russ Euken, 641-923-2856 or Denise Schwab, 319-472-4739
Jan. 18. Hampton, Hampton Country Club. Noon to 3 p.m. Preregister by Jan. 11. Russ Euken, 641-923-2856
Jan. 30. Independence, Heartland Acres. 6 to 9 p.m. Preregister by Jan. 23. Denise Schwab, 319-472-4739
Feb. 1. Fort Dodge, Webster County Extension office. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Preregister by Jan. 30. Webster County office 515-576-2119. No cost and no meal included.
Feb. 8. Tipton, U.S. Bank. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preregister by Feb. 1. Patrick Wall, 515-450-7665 or Denise Schwab, 319-472-4739
Feb. 22. Ames, Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, ISU campus. 6 to 9 p.m. Preregister by Feb. 15.


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

Patrick Gunn, ISU Extension and Outreach cow-calf specialist, 515-294-3020,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,


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