ISU McNay Farm to Host Annual Update for Beef Veterinarians

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CHARITON, Iowa – The annual Update for Veterinarians program, organized and provided by Iowa Beef Center, features a full day of education and information focused on beef cattle. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers coordinates the program and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the Tuesday, May 15, event at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton.

“We’re pleased to have eight speakers from Iowa State University and Iowa State Extension and Outreach share current information,” Sellers said. “This program is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get in-depth and up-to-date information on topics including low stress handling, health considerations for grazing cover crops and Johnes and BRD updates. Also, we’ve requested six hours of continuing education credits.”

Those who preregister by May 14 will pay $65 per person, which includes the noon meal. Those who register onsite will pay $85. All registrations are done through the Lucas County Extension Office in Chariton.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the McNay headquarters with the first speaker starting at 9:15 a.m. A catered meal will be served at noon. The program is expected to end about 4 p.m.

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

The topics and speakers in presentation order are:

  • Beef cattle genetics update, Pat Wall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • BRD update, Dr. Vickie Cooper, Iowa State University
  • Johnes update, Dr. Amanda Kreuder, Iowa State University
  • McNay rye grazing project, Rebecca Vittetoe, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Erika Lundy, Iowa Beef Center
  • Health considerations for grazing cover crops, Dr. Chris Clark, Iowa State Extension and Outreach
  • Making low stress cattle handling work, Dr. Grant Dewell, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Vaccination of the young beef calf in the face of maternal antibodies, Dr. Terry Engelken, Iowa State University

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,

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