AMES, Iowa — People who attend Iowa State University (ISU) football games and who also are interested in beef research have a unique opportunity awaiting them on the date of the final home ISU football game on Nov. 18. ISU’s Iowa Beef Center and beef nutrition faculty and staff are planning the “Beef Nutrition Research Pre-game Showcase” beginning that morning.
ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers said organizers hope that having the showcase the same day as the night football game will enable more people to attend and learn about the research being done at ISU.
“The research showcase is just that – a look at the wide variety of research happening at Iowa State,” he said. “The event will run from about 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., giving everyone plenty of time to attend pre-game activities before the 8 p.m. kickoff.”
The showcase begins and ends at the Beef Nutrition farm, and will be held rain or shine. The farm is located at 3405 North Dakota Ave., approximately 4 miles north of the Highway 30/South Dakota Avenue interchange on the southwest corner of Ames. See a map with driving directions here: http://g.co/maps/5vycy. Signs for parking will be posted.
“The showcase starts with registration at the farm from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and then we’ll divide into smaller groups for an on-farm tour with several stops,” Sellers said. “About noon, bus transportation will be provided to Kildee Hall on campus for lunch and more presentations. Following the final session, buses will return people to the farm.”
Before the morning tour begins, attendees can watch a demonstration of a Teagle Tomahawk 8080WB bale shredder and talk with farm manager Jim Dahlquist. Staff and faculty will provide information on a number of topics, including feed efficiency in beef cattle, an overview of grazing research at the farm, and dealing with high sulfur diets.
Assistant professor of animal science Stephanie Hansen said several students also will be part of the event.
“Four graduate students and two undergrads will present current information about the research projects they’re working on, ranging from testing for sulfur concentration of ethanol coproducts to using calcium oxide treated stover in feedlot cattle diets,” she said. “They’re excited to share what they’ve learned and how results could benefit producers.”
Thanks to sponsorship from Elanco Animal Health and Titan Machinery, the entire Beef Nutrition Research Pre-game Showcase is free. However, it’s important to preregister to assure adequate transportation, materials and meal counts for attendees. Please preregister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 515-294-2333 with the name and address of each attendee no later than Nov. 11.
To order tickets to the ISU-Oklahoma State football game, contact the ISU ticket office at 515-294-1816.