IBC to host fencing and grazing clinic at Western Research and Demonstration Farm


Cattle grazing annuals along a wire fence.

Fencing and grazing clinic is June 26.

CASTANA, Iowa – Closing out the calving season and getting crops in the ground are normal late spring/early summer activities for Iowa producers. Throw in a number of rainstorms and resulting weather conditions, and all good intentions of improving pasture infrastructure move quickly down their to-do list.

Because it's always advantageous to actively consider potential improvements and make plans to implement those improvements in slow seasons, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a fencing and grazing clinic in western Iowa this summer.

IBC extension program specialist Beth Reynolds said the event, to be held June 26 at the Western Research and Demonstration Farm in Castana, will offer a wealth of practical knowledge for all attendees.

“This clinic is designed to help improve the infrastructure on your farm to execute an efficient grazing plan," she said. "Fencing, paddocks, weather and resiliency, all are part of the day's sessions."

ISU extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk said the program's five sessions provide education and opportunity to put learning into practice.

"Participants can expect a mix of hands-on, classroom style, and peer learning methods to keep the day interactive and informational," she said. "There are five sessions, including a tour of the farm, and each has a specific focus."

Clinic topics and presenters are:

  • New tools in fencing: Brad Ketchum, Gallagher Animal Management Team Territory Manager
  • Building your paddocks: Pat Corey, USDA-Crawford County
  • Weather outlook: Madelynn Wuestenberg, ISU extension agricultural climatology specialist
  • Planning for weather resilience: Shelby Gruss, ISU extension forage specialist
  • Research farm tour: Lundy-Woolfolk and Reynolds, ISU extension specialists

The farm is located at 36515 Hwy E34 in Castana, the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a noon lunch. There is no charge; however, preregistration is required and should be made by June 24. To register call 515-294-2333 or email beefcenter@iastate.edu and provide your name, email, and phone number.

Event sponsors Gallagher and Iowa Forage and Grassland Council make the program possible.

(This article was written by IBC communications intern Dacia Schoulte.)


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-743-8412, ellundy@iastate.edu
Beth Reynolds, ISU Extension and Outreach program specialist, 515-294-9881, bethr@iastate.edu

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