Producers Can Fine-tune Beef Management Skills at March 2 Workshop



IOWA FALLS, Iowa -- North central Iowa beef producers interested in learning how to hone their management skills are invited to a workshop focused on just that. "Fine-tuning your cattle management skills" is set for Thursday, March 2, at the Ellsworth Community College Ag and Renewable Energy Center, located south of Iowa Falls.

Registration and coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. with the session running from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Room 110. There’s no cost to attend, but preregistration by Friday, Feb. 24 is required to reserve the noon meal.

The workshop will focus specifically on these cow-calf management topics:

  • Managing Calving Time for Live, Healthy Calves
  • Evaluating Different Calving Seasons and Systems
  • Genetics and Beef Selection Using Indexes and Tools
  • Heifer Development Programs to Minimize Calving Issues

Presenters are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists Chris Clark, Russ Euken and Joe Sellers, and Iowa Beef Industry Council director of industry relations Doug Bear.

Following the workshop, an optional Beef Quality Assurance Workshop will be offered at 2:15 p.m. for producers who want to certify or recertify for BQA.

To register, call ISU Extension and Outreach Hardin County at 641-648-4850 or toll-free 1-888-648-5005, or email xhardin@iastate.edu. Financial support sponsors for the workshop are Innovative Ag Services, Summit Agricultural Group, Gary and Robin Sampson, Flint Hills Resources, Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association, Pine Lake Corn Processors, Farm Credit Services of America and Ellsworth Community College.