ISU McNay Farm to Host Annual Update for Beef Veterinarians

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Beef Veterinarians Program


CHARITON, Iowa -- The annual “Update for Veterinarians” program, organized by Iowa Beef Center features a full day of education and demonstrations focused on beef cattle. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers is organizing the program and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the Wednesday, May 31, event at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton.

“In addition to speakers from Iowa State, we’re pleased to have Dr. Craig Roberts from the University of Missouri and Dr. Diane Spurlock from AgBotanica with us,” Sellers said. “This program is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get in-depth and up to date information on BRD treatment, the snip test for identifying fescue tolerance in cattle, fescue and grazing issues, liver biopsy collection techniques, heifer development and more. Also, six hours of continuing education credits have been approved for attendees.”

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the McNay headquarters with the first speaker starting at 9:15 a.m. After the noon meal, there are two concurrent sessions in the on-site beef facilities which will repeat so all attendees can attend both sessions. The program will end about 4 p.m.

Those who preregister by May 29 will pay $65 per person, which includes the noon meal. Those who preregister after May 29 and those who register onsite will pay $85. All registrations are done through the Lucas County Extension Office in Chariton.

The brochure with a fillable registration form is available on the IBC website. For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at

The topics and speakers in presentation order are:

  • Ancillary therapies for BRD treatment, Dr. Jenna Funk, Iowa State
  • Mineral requirements and evaluating mineral status of beef cattle, Stephanie Hansen, Iowa State
  • Genomic snip test to identify fescue tolerance in beef cattle, Diane Spurlock, AgBotanica
  • Improve vs. renovate fescue pastures, Craig Roberts, University of Missouri.
  • Where are we on the Veterinary Feed Directive? Discussion about experiences the first four months, Dr. Chris Clark, Iowa State Extension and Outreach
  • Wet lab collecting liver biopsies (hands-on), Dr. Scott Radke, Iowa State University; Dr. Grant Dewell, Iowa State Extension and Outreach.
  • Heifer development, young cow nutrition, managing cow nutrition on fescue, Chris Clark and Joe Sellers, Iowa State Extension and Outreach; Craig Roberts, University of Missouri.

Lunch will be catered by Thelma Saxton with Cater 2 U of Chariton.


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

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist, 641-203-1270,

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

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