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April

The 60 days prior to the breeding season sets the tone for what your 2021 calving season will look like. Is your cow herd ready? To help producers optimize the success of getting more females bred earlier, the Iowa Beef Center will be hosting a webinar series focused on management preparations to ensure a successful breeding season. Sessions are April 14, April 16, April 21 and April 23. Participation is free, but you'll need to register to receive access.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic doesn't allow Iowa Beef Center to deliver in-person educational workshops and trainings, we are working to provide online and other virtual tools to help you become more informed producers. One of these opportunities is a Beef Quality Assurance training offered in webinar format. IBC, Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Minnesota Beef Council are partnering to help producers become BQA certified through this free virtual session on Wed., April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Fertilization is just as important for forages as it is for row crops to maximize productivity. This Integrated Crops Managment article, Spring Forage Fertilize Considerations, addresses spring fertilization considerations for forage crops and pastures. Also on this site, you can sign up to receive email alerts for the ICM blog and Crop News Daily. ISU extension field agonomists Brian Lang and Rebecca Vittetoe explains what producers should be planning and doing for their forage crops this spring.

 

March

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 grow each day. Volatility in the cattle market was one of the first disruptions, and now with ethanol plant slowing production or shutting down, local availability of corn coproducts may be limited. Iowa Beef Center director Dan Loy said making plans now based on current and potential input availability will help producers determine their next steps.

Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course, scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been transitioned to a webinar. With the city of Sioux Falls, SD declaring a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Central Plains Dairy Expo has been canceled. However, the short course, one of the premier dairy beef events in North America, has been transitioned to a webinar this year to minimize any possible exposure to the virus. The webinar remains on Tuesday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central time, with a one hour break from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registrations are still being take online.

Three Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation training sessions are set in southwest and northwest Iowa:

  • One BQA session and one BQAT session will be held Thursday, March 26 in Lenox. Based on individual needs, producers and haulers can attend one or both sessions. Thanks to sponsorship from Taylor County Cattlemen, a free lunch will be provided at noon and the BQAT session in the afternoon also is free.
  • One BQA session and one BQAT session will be held April 2 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County office in Spencer, and on April 3 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City. The BQA sessions will be in the morning and are free; the BQAT sessions have a $25 certification fee and will be held in the afternoon on both dates. See details and registration information.

Cattle producers are invited to attend a calving clinic on March 12 at the Marshall County Extension Office. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Chris Clark said the free educational program will offer valuable information about calving, health, and nutrition.

February

Beef cow-calf producers recognize the importance of staying informed on all aspects of their operation, and the final webinar in the Winter Cow Webinar series from Iowa Beef Center will help do that. The session is set for Tues. March 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., and focuses on pasture and forage management.

The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, as part of the pre-educational events for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. ISU extension dairy specialist Fred Hall said the forcus of this year’s program is dairy beef carcasses at the farm, processor and consumer end, along with targeting health considerations for maximum performance.

Beef cow-calf producers recognize the importance of staying informed on all aspects of their operation, and the third of a four-part webinar series from Iowa Beef Center will help them do just that. The session is set for Tues. Feb. 18, running from 6 to 8 p.m., and focuses on cow herd profitability and market trends impacting the cow-calf producer.

January

The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up with University of Nebraska to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at three Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. ISU extension livestock specialist Russ Euken said there's no charge to attend, although preregistration is requested to ensure adequate space.

Register now to hear one of the most respected cattle economists in the country share his outlook on beef prices at the 2020 Driftless Region Beef Conference, Jan. 30-31 at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque. Dr. Derrell Peel, livestock economist at Oklahoma State University, will wrap up the conference with his predictions of the cattle market for 2020 and beyond.

Beef cow-calf producers recognize the importance of staying informed on all aspects of their operation, and the second of a four-part webinar series from Iowa Beef Center will help them do just that. The session is set for Wed. Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 pm, and focuses on calving time management. Iowa State University extension program specialist Beth Reynolds said the series is intended to provide timely topics for beef cow management and the opportunity to access the information by joining the webinar at their own location or at one of nine host sites.

Dairy and beef producers are invited to attend one of two advanced calving clinics in mid-February in Edgewood and Dysart. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said anyone who attends, regardless of their experience with calving out cows, will learn something new.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef producers, in February and March in Independence. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in their beef cattle operation. Program dates are Feb. 27, March 5 and March 12. The first session features Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab who will provide information on the cost of production and winter feeding the cow herd.

 

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