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Corn silage has always been a major feed component in dairy and beef rations. However, this year's weather is making harvesting corn silage a challenge for many areas of the state. While every area of the state has had different growing conditions, all have been challenging. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab said a few basic principles of corn silage harvest are critical to harvest and store a high quality corn silage feedstuff.

For the first time since 2014, the annual conference of the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council will be held in Des Moines during November. The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Conference is set for Nov. 26-27 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. ISU extension beef specialist Patrick Wall is IFGC president and says Jim Gerrish and Byron Shelton are featured speakers at the event.

Beef and dairy producers are reminded that the registration deadline for the Aug. 28 Northwest Iowa Corn Silage Clinic is approaching. The newly posted event brochure includes topics, agenda and registration details and a registration panel to help them meet the Aug. 22 deadline. The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension Dairy Team are hosting the event at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Iowa State extension dairy specialist Fred Hall and beef specialist Beth Doran, both from northwest Iowa, are organizing the program.

Two Iowa State University projects, both coordinated by Iowa Beef Center and ISU extension beef specialists, were among 17 recently awarded funding through the 2018 North Central Extension Risk Management Education Program. Beef specialist Denise Schwab is the project director for “Fall Grazed Cover Crops - Balancing Feed Cost and Weather Risk” and beef specialist Patrick Wall will lead the “’Iowa Cowmaker Elite’ Bred Heifer Development Risk Management Project.”

Katy Lippolis isn't an Iowa native, but the new Iowa State extension cow-calf specialist says she feels right at home in the state where her roots in agriculture began. She's especially looking forward to working with producers to help develop management strategies to improve production, total industry efficiency and profitability in their operations.

Proceedings from the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference held June 21 in Dubuque are now available on our website. The conference featured presentations from academic and industry experts, including Iowa State Extension dairy specialist Hugo Ramirez and beef specialists Denise Schwab and Garland Dahlke.

Iowa Beef Center, University of Nebraska—Lincoln and Lallemand Animal Nutrition offered a "Silage for Beef Cattle" conference June 14. The entire event was livestreamed and the video recording is now available on our website. It's just under 7.5 hours in length.

 

 

 

 

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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.

September 2018

Thanks, Joe!

On September 7 Joe Sellers will turn in his keys to the ISU car that has basically been his office for the last 7-8 years or so.

Joe has established himself as an icon for beef producers interested in improving their forage and grazing management and there is no question his leadership in the development of IBC programs such as Greenhorn Grazing and Master Graziers will be missed. Joe’s passion for the productivity and forage potential has guided many of the pasture and forage programs that he has led. Joe was diligent in making sure that outside grazing "experts" who provided information to his clients were able to back up their recommendations with research or be ready to face some serious questions.

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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.

September 2018

Weaning Facilities

Weaning time is just around the corner, and many components of your weaning pen need to be considered to optimize comfort, health and performance of newly weaned calves. During the few days following separation of cow-calf pairs, calves will undergo increased stress, increased walking behavior, and exposure to a new environment and feedstuffs.

These calves are at increased risk of respiratory disease and performance losses; therefore, designing your weaning pen properly is crucial to support adequate feed and water intake to maintain healthy calves.

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