Livestock

Local Highlights

December 29, 2014

AMES, Iowa -- With the cow herd at the smallest level since 1962, recent moderation in grain prices, and optimism for growth in domestic and export demand, the stage is set for expansion of the national beef cow herd. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said this has led to increased heifer retention numbers over the past two years, but environmental and financial concerns have tempered that optimism.  Read more...

December 4, 2014

Learn successful herd management strategies based on current research. Cost is $15.... read more for up coming dates and locations and to register

November 24, 2014

Hot Topics...PEDV - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, The Rural Innovator Newsletter, NPB Sow Housing Options, Managing Tough Times. If you wish to subscribe to this mailing please click here.

April 4, 2014

Start thinking now about purchasing baby chicks, feeding them out and bringing them to fair. We will again ask you to consider ordering 5 extra chicks and donating them the N.E. IA Food Bank. You will receive a bag of free chicken feed if you do donate chickens. Cost: 20 birds for $20, and you get the $20 back if you exhibit.  5 Extra birds if they agree to donate 4 for the food bank. Pick up date will be either June 3rd or 4th depending on the mail delivery.  Deadline to order your chicks is May 20th.
Please email Deb, mumm@iastate.edu or Diane, wolfejd@iastate.edu to order.

March 10, 2014

The Iowa Beef Center is releasing a newly revised version of their Feedlot Monitoring Software in 2014.  The ISU Feedlot and Cost Monitoring Software was initially created in 1982 and has been used by cattle feeders to track costs, profits and performance since.  The software continues to reflect the philosophy that feeders need to objectively measure, monitor and react to changes based on existing and past livestock and financial performance.

A Quick Reference to Black Hawk County Residents -  Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page for more information.

Hay & Straw Directory

Iowa Ag Statistics

Iowa Farmer Today

Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG)

Statewide Resources

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Your link to Master Equine Manager, Grazing News, and information on educational opportunities throughout the year.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications on a number of topics relative to agriculture.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

  • To add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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