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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

News Archives


Dan Loy in The Cattleman Magazine

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

February 2020

ISU Announces a New Leader for Animal Science

Earlier this year it was announced that Dr. Dan Thomson had accepted the position as Chair of the Animal Science Department at Iowa State University. Dan has agreed to come back to his roots in Iowa. Many of you probably know Dr. Dan from his TV show "Doc Talk"on RFD-TV or his leadership of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. We have been lucky to have him share his expertise in beef welfare at our Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course for the past 3 years. We look forward to having him back in Iowa and being part of the Iowa Beef Center. Be sure to welcome him when you see him around Iowa. Dan replaces Dr. Don Beermann who has led the department for the last 5 years. Dr. Beermann retired on January 1 after a long career in research and administration including heading Animal Science departments at both University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Iowa State University.

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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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