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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.

Beef producers and commercial transporters still have an opportunity to get their BQA Transportation certification for 2020. The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Cherokee County are hosting a “wrap-up” BQA transportation training Jan. 24 at the Cherokee County Extension Office in Cherokee. The training will be 10 a.m. to noon, according to Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist.

The annual Three-State Beef Conference is scheduled for Jan. 14, 15 and 16, 2020 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The Iowa session will take place Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square, Greenfield. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said the program offers area beef producers the opportunity to visit with a forum of specialists focusing on improving profitability through breeding management decisions.

The 2020 Driftless Region Beef Conference, set for Jan. 30-31, will showcase two nationally known keynote speakers according to Iowa State University extension beef specialist Denise SchwabThe conference will be held at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.

The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees next month. The 49th Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has been set for Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall said this year’s conference will address new, timely, and even controversial topics relevant to Iowa’s beef industry.

Beef producers in eastern Iowa are encouraged to become Beef Quality Assurance certified, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it also adds value to the calf crop. A recent study by Colorado State University showed that feeder calves brought $16.80 per head more if they came from BQA certified farms. To help producers achieve the appropriate certifications, three BQA certification and three BQA Transportation training sessions have been scheduled for northeast Iowa according to ISU extension beef specialist Denise Schwab.

Feedlot Forum 2020 will be hosted Jan. 14, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. This is the 17th year for the program which is cohosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, the Sioux, Lyon and Plymouth County Cattlemen’s Associations, and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Organizer Beth Doran, beef program specialist with Iowa State Extension and Outreach, says the program will focus on meeting challenges and expectations in cattle marketing.

News Archives


Dan Loy in The Cattleman Magazine

Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director, writes this monthly column featured in Iowa Cattleman Magazine.

January 2020

Sharpening the Saw

January can be a tough month in Iowa. Cold weather and short days always seem to make it seem longer than it really is. This is all the more reason to take a day or more to catch up on what is new in the industry and do some networking. Some call this "sharpening the saw" which is number 7 of the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Clearly the world and the cattle industry are constantly changing, and keeping up to date on industry trends and new technologies and innovations is necessary. The good news is that January also is the time when the Iowa Beef Center partners with other states and groups to bring several major beef educational events across the state.

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Katy Lippolis -- Angus JournalKaty Lippolis, assistant professor of animal science at Iowa State University, writes a regular "By Design" column for Angus Journal.

March 2019

Calving Facilities

As we get closer to calving season, it’s time to make sure our facilities are prepared. In many instances, deciding to calve in a barn can be advantageous in many ways. Newborn calves have difficulty maintaining body temperature, an calving in cold and/or muddy conditions can lead to significant sickness and mortality. After difficult births, calves are often weak for several days and require additional care to ensure healthy recovery.

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