CHARITON, Iowa – Veterinarians who work with cattle are invited to sharpen their skills and learn the latest information on a variety of topics at a May 18 workshop in southern Iowa. The 18th annual Update for Veterinarians will focus on topics of specific interest to beef practitioners, according to Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers, who is organizing the event at the ISU McNay Research Farm.
“Our featured speaker is Craig Roberts from the University of Missouri and he’ll review management practices that reduce health problems and increase cattle production on fescue pastures,” Sellers said. "Fescue toxicosis continues to create problems in Iowa beef herds, particularly where producers have pastures with longer rest periods than normal, resulting in mature fescue with higher alkaloid levels."
The program also will include results from a cow feeding trial at McNay farm and the Iowa Beef Center’s hay quality survey, as well as sessions on disease, euthanasia, grazing systems and coproduct feeding. In addition to Roberts and Sellers, ISU presenters are Grant Dewell, Mary Drewnoski and Renee Dewell.
“The Iowa Beef Center at ISU and ISU Extension have put together a great program of current topics and presenters, and it’s been approved for six hours of continuing education credits,” Sellers said.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first of four morning sessions starting at 9 a.m. Three more sessions will follow lunch. Those who preregister by May 12 will pay $50 per person, which includes the noon meal. Pre-registrations after May 12 and walk-ins will cost $70.