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Farmers and beef producers interested in learning more about cover crops and successfully integrating cover crops as a forage resource into their current beef and row crop enterprises are invited to attend either of two upcoming field days in Monona or Buena Vista County. Erika Lundy, extension beef program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, said both events feature similar topics but will be held on different days at two of Iowa State University’s outlying research farms. There is no cost to attend and a free meal is included at both locations.

Producers and agribusiness professionals have a unique opportunity to see how dairy steers are managed and marketed in the upper Midwest through a special bus tour on Tuesday, March 27. The I-29 Moo University's Dairy Beef Short Course Tour will be held from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. along the I-29 corridor. Two Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists from northwest Iowa, Fred Hall and Beth Doran, are helping organize and present during the tour.

Iowa Learning Farms invites new farmers and those interested in farming to a special soil health and grazing workshop in Creston on March 15. Facilitators will pose questions to attendees on no-tillage practices, soil conservation and water quality, and those answers will guide program speakers in presenting helpful information. Iowa State extension beef specialist Joe Sellers will help field questions from the attendees. The workshop flyer has more info.The program is set for 6-8 p.m. at the Creston PIzza Ranch. No charge to attend and the meal is free, too. Reservations through ILF are strongly encouraged to ensure adequate space and food.


National survey looks at how VFD has affected herd management, animal health. If you’re over age 18 and raise beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry or any other food producing animal, you’re invited to participate in a survey open through the end of March on the Michigan State University website. It's anticipated to take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and participation is voluntary. Take the survey online here. ISU extension beef specialist Chris Clark represents Iowa on this group and is available to answer your questions about the survey or its intended use. Contact him by email.

The 35th annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers meeting and conference will focus on economics and use of fungicides in alfalfa and technologies to improve field productivity and forage quality. All are welcome to attend the March 15 meeting at Buzzy’s in Welton beginning with registration at 10 a.m. The $30 fee is payable at the door and includes a membership to the organization and meal at the event. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab has more information.


Register soon for the Iowa Beef Center's Feb. 6-7 Cow-Calf Short Course. Deadline is Jan. 31. Extension program specialist Erika Lundy said the program is intended for advanced cattlemen and features classroom sessions and hands-on instruction.

Narrowing margins in the beef cow industry means a closer eye on controlling feed cost while meeting cows’ nutrient requirements. ISU Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab has scheduled two separate workshops on Feb. 14, each focusing on helping attendees increase their knowledge of both the feed supply and the beef animal’s requirements. The content for both will be the same with emphasis on providing info for participants and helping them create plans that work for their herds.

Are you still wondering whether to attend Feedlot Forum 2018 on Jan. 16 in Sioux Center? Organizer Beth Doran, who also is Iowa State University Extension beef specialist for the area, encourages you to ask yourself five questions and consider your answers.

The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees later his month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall said the Jan. 27 event at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa will continue that successful tradition.

A two-day cow-calf short course combining classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by the Iowa Beef Center in Ames on Feb. 6-7. The program will instruct advanced cattlemen in areas specific to beef cow nutrition, reproduction and calving management, and is limited to the first 30 registrants.

A new "Crush Margin" app for beef and swine producers is now available. The app was developed as part of a North Central Region Risk Management Education grant for livestock price risk management education, and uses data from the ISU Livestock Crush Margin website. ISU extension livestock specialist Russ Euken and ISU Extension livestock economist Lee Schulz developed the app to assist producers in evaluating margins and taking advantages of profitable opportunities.

The upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference, set for Jan. 25-26 in Dubuque will spotlight several big picture issues facing the beef industry, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Don’t delay - the lower early registration fee ends at midnight, Jan. 12.


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