AMES, Iowa – Anyone interested in beef nutrition research at Iowa State University (ISU), may register this week for the Nov. 18 “Beef Nutrition Research Pre-game Showcase.” The event will offer a look at the variety of research under way at Iowa State, including at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm.
ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers said organizers hope that having the showcase the same date as the evening ISU-Oklahoma State football game will enable more people to attend and learn about the research being done at Iowa State.
“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 7 p.m. kickoff.”
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.
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. followed by an on-farm tour with several stops. 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.”
To order tickets to the ISU-Oklahoma State football game, contact the Iowa State ticket office at 515-294-1816.