Livestock

Local Highlights

August 16, 2015

4-H members fed and cared for chickens as a 4-H Broiler Chick Project. This project brought 950 pounds of fresh meat delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Fresh meat is a rarity for food bank patrons. This year’s total brings the overall total to more than 1 ton of chicken donated by Blackhawk County 4-H’ers over the past 3 years. Special Thank You to: Reiter Farms, Dusk to Dawn, Charlotte and Ron Nielson, Loretta and Steve Doepke, Mike and Lynn Pipho. And to our 4-H familys: Sage's, Zuck's, Steege's, Brockelsby's, Ruzicka's, Bechthold's, Fettkether's, Pipho's, Drinovsky's, McIntoch's, Scott's, Miller's VanDaele's and Koelling's!  AWESOME JOB!

“The Northeast Iowa Food Bank greatly appreciates the partnership with Black Hawk County 4h and Extension, stated Barbara Prather, Executive Director.  There is never enough protein items available for those we serve and to watch this project from start to finish is simply amazing.  It not only provides protein items for people in need, it also enables kids to act and do something great for their community.”

Thank YOU and all of the 4H kids!, Sheri Huber-Otting, Northeast Iowa Book Bank

May 26, 2015

Young farmers who depend on pasture to support their livestock operation will benefit from attending the Grassroots Grazing program.  This three part program includes pasture walks at three different sites throughout the summer and will address setting livestock enterprise goals, selecting an appropriate grazing system, developing pasture improvement plans, managing grass height, results of adequate rest, fencing, watering, weed management and extending grazing. READ MORE...

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...

November 24, 2014

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September 16, 2013

Thanks to all you helped make 2013 Discover Day a Success this year at the National Cattle Congress!
Read the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier articles! Sept. 11, Sept. 13. Also see photos by the Waterloo Schools!

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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