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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.

The upcoming virtual Driftless Region Conference is packed with timely topics for every beef producer, including livestock health, safety and security. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, lead public health veterinarian for Iowa State University, and Dr. Paul Plummer, Anderson Chair of Veterinary Services at ISU VDPAM will address those topics.

The upcoming virtual Driftless Region Beef Conference will host speaker Dr. Brenda Boetel. Dr. Boetel is the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Professor and Department Chair of Agricultural Economics and UW Madison Division of Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Boetel will give viewers an insight on current market trends and the 2021 agricultural market outlook.

Livestock producers and agribusiness professionals are invited to a webinar discussing climate and weather predictions for the 2021 growing season. The webinar, set for Wednesday, January 20, from noon to 1 p.m., features Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Climate Hub in Ames. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Beth Doran said Todey will bring accurate and important information for those who work with livestock and crop production agriculture.

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.

Dr. Kevin Bernhardt Of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will share information on building farm resiliency during the 2021 virtual Driftless Region Beef Conference. He’s a professor at the School of Agriculture there, with a focus on farm financial, marketing and risk management. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Bernhardt will include those aspects in his presentation.

For 35 years, the Three-State Beef Conference has provided beef cattle producers in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska an annual update on current and critical cow-calf and stocker topics. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Chris Clark said that although the 2021 event will be done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will continue to provide quality speakers and valuable information.

The 2021 virtual Driftless Region Beef Conference will feature Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist at UC-Davis, as the leadoff speaker. He will focus on greenhouse gases and the sustainability of beef cattle production, and will explain factors of climate change, livestock impacts, and the importance of ruminant livestock in the midst of growing pressures from environmental groups.

The 2021 virtual Driftless Region Beef Conference will feature discussion on "What consumers say they need and want" beginning with a presentation from speaker Shawn Darcy, director of market research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Darcy will talk about consumer trends, marketing efforts to reach consumers and the changing dynamics of what consumers prefer.


News Archives


Dan Loy in The Cattleman Magazine

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

January 2021

Virtual Reality

The words "virtual reality" usually conjures up a teenage video game, or a science fiction thriller like "The Matrix". In today’s world everything is now “virtual.” In the spring we had virtual graduations. I have been to virtual retirement parties. Sadly, some had virtual family holiday gatherings this year. Virtual has become our new reality.

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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.

January 2021

10 Cost Saving Tips to Add to Your 2021 Resolutions

1. Make a marketing plan early and stick to it. This includes a plan for calves, open or late bred cows, injured bulls, and retired breeding stock. Keep market price seasonalities in mind and schedule traditional management schemes like preg checking and weaning early to avoid marketing during seasonal lows. If facilities and feed resources allow, it may be advantageous to feed young or thin cows for 60-75 days, early wean calves, or background calves to hit a more ideal market.

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