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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt cattle markets. Having a market that will take finished cattle at a suitable date has become a concern. In addition, the current live market prices, and limited sale opportunities for fat steers have left many cattle feeders searching for solutions to reduce their economic loss. "Considerations for Slowing Feedlot Cattle Growth due to the COVID-19 Pandemic" was created by Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension beef specialists, University of Wisconsin Extension livestock program educators, and University of Wisconsin Department of Animal Science Faculty to provide help for producers making these decisions.

A team of 10 Iowa State University beef-affiliated staff and faculty was recently honored for its ongoing work with the Iowa Beef Quality Assurance program by receiving the Excellence in Partnership to Iowans award by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. And IBC associate scientist Garland Dahlke also was honored recently for his work combining technology with practical feeding, rations and breeding information for the beef industry, through receiving the Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Outreach Award from ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read about all the winners.

Feedlot cattle producers currently are faced with making immediate decisions with long-terms implications. Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council have developed a two-part webinar series, Feedlot Considerations Amid the Pandemic, to help provide some clarity, considerations and suggestions. See recordings from the April 28 and April 29 sessions.

In a new report, ISU extension livestock economist Lee Schulz and Glynn Tonsor from Kansas State University address the issue of packing plant utilization on livestock prices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are potential concerns about plant capacity. The authors stress that labor is often the driving factor between the rated capacity and the operational capacity of a plant.


News Archives


Dan Loy in The Cattleman Magazine

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

May 2020

We will be changed

One of the challenges of writing an article for a magazine is the lead time required. Certain topics that are rapidly changing may become irrelevant in just a few weeks’ time. It is unlikely that this topic will become irrelevant but it is changing every day. It is projected that by the time you read this the COVID-19 pandemic will be peaking in Iowa and improving nationally.

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Iowa Cow-Calf Commentary

Iowa Beef Center and extension specialists write the "Iowa Cow-Calf Commentary" featured in the Iowa Cattleman Magazine.

May 2020

What Does the Research Say about Additives in Free Choice Mineral?

It seems like there is no shortage of mineral supplements on the market. Often throughout the summer months, the beef extension team receives questions from producers wanting to know what mineral additive is the silver bullet. While there may not be a simple answer to that question, we can tell you what the research says about several of these common additives. Weighing the cost of the mineral pack and benefits of the additive, you can make a more informed decision about what you are supplying your beef cows.

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