Beef Cow Longevity Series Set for Early 2014

AMES, Iowa — Many factors affect beef herd profitability, but one specific factor, keeping young cows in the herd, is a huge challenge for cattle producers. Producers are searching for ways to keep young females in the cow herd longer for several reasons. Fifteen percent of all culled cows leave the heard before five years of age and an additional 33 percent are culled because they do not become pregnant, according the 2007-08 National Animal Health Monitoring System. Based on current production prices, a female must produce five calves for the cost of the replacement female to be recouped.

The Iowa Beef Center in partnership with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is offering the series “Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment” to specifically focus on management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve longterm profitability. This series is a follow-up to the 2012 series on yearling heifers, “Heifer Development: Rebuilding our Future.”

The goal of the upcoming series is to pick up where the initial series ended and cover the topics of nutrition, health, calving and reproductive management of bred heifers through their second breeding season.

Dates and locations in the area for the “Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment” series are:

  • Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Spencer School Administration Bldg, 23 E 7th Street in Spencer.
  • Jan 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lohff-Schuman Comm Center, 301 Lohff Schuman Dr. in Holstein.
  • Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Ox Bow Park, Izaak Walton League, 7 Park Rd in Humboldt

Registration is $20 (pay at the door) if preregistered by phone or email two days prior to the specific event, and guarantees a meal. Registration onsite is $25 per person with no guarantee of meal. Call to register 2 days prior to event. Spencer location call 712-262-2264 x10 or Holstein location call 712-225-6196 or Humboldt location call (515) 332-2201.
For more information, contact your Beth Doran, beef program specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach at 712-737-4230 or IBC at See this and all local programs at the Cherokee County website or call 712-225-6196.

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