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Mission: The Iowa Beef Center mission is to enhance the vitality, profitability and growth of the Iowa beef industry through timely and relevant producer education, applied research and improved access to information.
News from Iowa Beef Center
Cattle in feedlot.. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Beef Center and the University of Nebraska are teaming up to offer the 2022 Feedlot Roundtable session at the Tama County Extension office on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. The sessions focus on different aspects of beef feedlot operations and are offered annually in Nebraska and Iowa for feedlot operators and interested agribusiness people.
Calving clinic participants. Cattle producers are invited to attend a calving clinic early next month at the Afton Community Center. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Chris Clark said the Feb. 3 educational program will offer valuable information about analyzing body condition score, stages of labor, assisting with the birthing process and newborn calf care
Pasture in drought conditions. Cow-calf producers dealing with the aftermath and ongoing conditions of several months of drought are invited to attend one of three upcoming meetings specifically focused on livestock, crop and financial information. This 2022 Moving Forward After Drought series is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and is set for Jan. 20, 24, 25 based on specific location.
Cornbelt Cow Calf Conference graphic. The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers returns! The 50th Anniversary of the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has been set for Jan. 22, 2022, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall said this year’s conference will be a celebration, while offering the same educational focus on topics relevant to Iowa’s beef industry.
Driftless Region Beef Conference graphic. The 2022 Driftless Region Beef Conference will focus on future aspects of the industry ranging from new beef products to alternative proteins, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The conference will be held Jan. 27-28 at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.
Front page of new benchmarking publication.

Benchmarking is best used to track cattle and financial performance within a feedlot, but can also be used to monitor trends within the industry. Although industry-wide benchmarking programs exist, the values reported may not be reflective of Iowa climate and input costs. Realizing this, Iowa Beef Center specialists collaborated on summarizing closeout data from more than 171,000 head of yearling steers and heifers enrolled in the Iowa Feedlot Monitoring program for the years of 2017 through 2020. These results are reported in a new publication, “Benchmarking the Performance of Iowa Feedlot Cattle.”

Black cow with newborn black calf. Our Calving Management online manual is here for you. Info you need for correctly managing calving in your herd: general prep, facilities, supplies and more, all at your fingertips on your device.

Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. There are some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, and at

Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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