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Industry professionals and beef producers who are finishing and marketing dairy beef are invited to virtually attend the I-29 Dairy Beef Short Course. The webinar, set for March 23, features a morning session from 10 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1 to 3 p.m. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Beth Doran said participants may choose to attend one or both sessions.

While cold stress cannot be completely eliminated for cattle housed in typical outdoor facilities in the Midwest, a new publication from Iowa Beef Center describes management practices to reduce the impact of cold stress on your herd. Iowa State University extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell is one of the authors and said being prepared and knowing how to deal with extreme cold situations is vital.

Colostrum, or first milk, is extremely important for newborn calves. Ingestion of colostrum imparts passive immunity which is necessary to protect calves from infectious disease. This is particularly important in cattle because bovine antibodies are not readily transferred across the placenta, which means that calves are born almost completely unprotected from environmental pathogens and infectious diseases. And Chris Clark, Iowa State University extension beef specialist, said these antibodies are just one in a long list of beneficial components colostrum provides.

ISU extension beef specialist Patrick Wall said the new Cattle in the Green series was developed to meet the needs of beef operations regardless of size. Topics include finances and operational decisions, and how to look for and use simple management changes for better results. This five-part series in Marion County begins Feb. 11. Registration is needed by Feb. 8.

A five-part series set in southeast Iowa is designed to assist with cattle producers with a new way of looking at management and economic decisions for better financial results in their operations. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall created the series and said he looks forward to sharing knowledge and information to help producers find more profit, eliminate money pits and lower stress levels.

Body condition scoring is an easy trait to record and is strongly correlated to cow productivity. But don’t overlook the value of body condition scoring your cattle multiple times throughout the year. Read more about a new four-page publication from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University with the information you need to do that.



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Dan Loy in The Cattleman Magazine

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

February 2021

Time to Take Stock and Plan Ahead

I’ve always hated February. It comes after a long winter and the Groundhog usually tells us on February 2nd that there are at least 6 weeks of winter left to go. We know that calving is coming, and spring is in sight but there is still more winter to come.

We are also in the February of the Coronavirus pandemic. We know that widespread vaccination and even herd immunity is coming but it seems a long way off. Rather feel sorry for ourselves and fall into depression this is a good time to take stock of the situation and do some planning - both short and long term.

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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.

February 2021

The Konefal Method of Daytime Calving - Keys to Success

Since the main source of income for a cow-calf operation depends on selling a live calf, economics dictate timely and consistent labor during the calving season.

The Konefal Method of daytime calving was originally introduced to Iowa cattlemen around 1980 at the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference by Gus Konefal, a Canadian beef producer. To help his bred cows combat the cold winter nights, Konefal fed at night so that the heat of digestion would keep cows warmer when daily low temperatures hit. In doing this, he observed that 80% of calves were born between 7 AM - 7 PM compared to the expected 50% that calved during the evening and night hours when he was feeding in the morning.

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