Livestock

Local Highlights

April 10, 2017

The Multi-County Livestock Workshop will be held Thursday, June 1 at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Sibley. A Last Chance FSQA Training will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for any 4-H members who still need to attend. The Osceola County Farm Bureau will provide supper to all attendees at 5:45 p.m. and the livestock workshops will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

May 11, 2017

The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management to improve cow performance, foot health and overall cow health, in addition to other topics. The conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension. 

May 9, 2017

Dairy Iowa members and friends will meet on June 8 at the Heartland Agribition Center located at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd. in Independence, Iowa. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the new Dairy Iowa Chairman Kurt Wierda will make welcoming comments and introductions at 10 a.m. The annual program will feature Kevin Murphy from Food Chain Communications.

May 4, 2017

National cattle behavior specialist Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the Cattle Stewardship Conference June 8 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds, Spirit Lake. The conference also features beef cattle specialists from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

May 2, 2017

While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

Iowa Beef Center Newsletters 
   Growing Beef monthly newsletter

Confinement and Commercial Manure Applicator Information

Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa - 2010

Revenue Insurance for Livestock Producers

Estimated Costs of Pasture and Hay Production, AG 0096
This is a summary of estimated costs of improving pasture by five different systems. For each system, both the initial cost per acre and the annual maintenance cost per acre are presented.

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

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