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Cattle grazing in pasture. Continued land competition, higher feed costs, and drought stressed forages are signaling Iowa cattlemen that it’s time to improve and fine-tune their grazing programs. Iowa Beef Center’s Fencing and Grazing Clinic has expanded to three Iowa locations this year to help meet that need with information and hands-on experience. Event partners are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms. Clinics are set For Sept. 7, 12, and 14.
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Producers and haulers who need to renew or obtain their certification in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) or Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) can preregister now for in-person trainings later this summer in Carroll. Offered by the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the sessions are set for August 10 and are provided at no cost. ISU extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk will present both workshops.

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The Beef Ration and Nutrition Decisions Software is designed to assist in the formulation of rations for beef cattle. BRaNDS users often have questions on information to use, reports that can be run, data to save and transfer, and more. IBC associate scientist Garland Dahlke and ISU extension beef specialist Chris Clark will host two “Applied Ration Balancing, Tips, Techniques & Formulation using BRaNDS” sessions on Aug. 12 and Aug. 18

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Incorporating a summer annual into a crop rotation provides much needed summer slump grazing while utilizing minimal row crop acres. Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said a winter annual/summer annual forage rotation disrupts the standard corn/soybean rotation, which in turn provides benefits. She has organized two forage field days in eastern Iowa, Aug. 23 and Aug. 26, that will demonstrate annual forage rotations and share the results of ISU research plots. Both feature producers utilizing summer annual forages and are free to attend.

BRANDS software photo of cow grazing in pasture.

The Beef Reproduction Task Force and Texas A&M University will host the 2022 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on August 30-31. The Beef Reproduction Task Force is a multi-state extension group made up of specialists from several land grant universities, and Garland Dahlke with Iowa Beef Center represents Iowa State University.

Cocked rear ankle of beef steer. Whether you were unable to attend the Hairy Heel Wart and Cattle Lameness Symposium on June 28 or you were there and would like to refresh your recollection on the topics and speakers, we have just the thing. Four archived videos and one presentation in pdf are now available.
Semitrailer and chute for transporting cattle. Producers and haulers who need to renew or obtain their certification in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) or Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) can preregister now for in-person trainings in eastern and northeastern Iowa. Offered by the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the sessions continue through September 21 and are available at no cost thanks to sponsors.
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Continuing drought in northwest Iowa is forcing producers to alter their grazing plans. Fortunately they have “detours." Beth Doran, Iowa State University extension beef specialist said there are several avenues to consider, and reducing the stocking rate is top of that list.

 

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, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/.

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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