Livestock

Local Highlights

August 17, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members sold a total of $244,071.60 worth of livestock at the county fair auction on Monday, August 8, 2016.  Sold in the auction were 81 market beef, 158 swine, 21 lambs, 20 meat goats, 21 lots of poultry and 10 rabbit lots.  The sale was under the direction of auctioneers, Jerry Maker, Strawberry Point and Mike Monroe, Postville.

June 22, 2016

Seven 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 20 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with Extension and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production.  The youth were then interviewed by a judge while the carcass results of their calves were calculated.   A “show” was then held to exhibit their animals for the audience with the participants explaining the performance and costs for their project, and the judge sharing his comments and thoughts.

August 23, 2016

The Youth Classic Dairy Show will be held on Sunday, September 11 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.  Entry deadline August 29.

August 8, 2016

Are you prepared for implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive on January 1, 2017? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association are partnering to offer an educational series about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Iowa veterinarians, livestock producers, and feed industry personnel are invited to participate.

May 4, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 76 lambs and 54 meat goats at the weigh-in held April at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair.  There were 15 4-H’ers and FFA members who tagged market lambs this year.  This is up 4 youth and up 23 lambs from last year.  20 youth participated in the goat weigh-in, which is down 1 youth, but up 3 goats from last year.

Statewide Resources

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  • 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.

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