A 1 p.m. pasture walk featuring cows grazing a cover crop of rye and hairy vetch, grass finishing, and an introduction to a new bird friendly marketing opportunity will be Wednesday, May 22 at the Dan Specht farm near Marquette.
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University will conduct a bull selection clinic prior to the bull sale held by Iowa Cattlemen’s Association at the Tama Livestock Auction, Tama on Friday, May 3. The two-hour clinic is scheduled so attendees can go to the bull sale immediately following the session and use the information from the clinic.
Iowa Beef Center staff will conduct bull selection clinics just prior to three Iowa Cattlemen’s Association bull sales later this spring to break down the process of bull selection into simple steps and assist those attending with interpreting the EPD numbers in the catalog.
Feed efficiency is a major component in the profitability of any beef operation. That's why it’s the focus of the first day of the Driftless Region Beef Conference on Jan. 31.
With nearly 2.5 million cattle in the four-state Driftless Region, cooperative extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have teamed up to offer a Driftless Region Beef Conference. The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting two Iowa manure management and runoff control demonstration field days – Oct. 29 near Wall Lake and Oct. 31 near Andover. The purpose of these field days is to review low-cost options for managing runoff water and manure from small to medium size beef and dairy feedlot operations.
Cow-calf producers should consider weaning calves now to help reduce the demand on pastures and get cows in better condition prior to winter, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Early weaning does require good weaning management; Schwab outlines management steps.
As dry conditions continue, cattle producers need to look at numerous management practices to help stretch their feed supply and maintain performance and reproduction in the cow herd. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab offers a few strategies that may help.
As the drought continues, cattle producers are asking how to stretch their pastures. There are two major techniques that may be pursued, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab.
Five eastern Iowa cattle producers are sharing their grazing annual cover crops experiences during a series of field days this month as part of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) farmer grant program to demonstrate the use of annual cover crops for extending the grazing season and increasing the grazing opportunities following grain production.