3 State Beef Conference January 14

The Iowa site for the 3-State Beef Conference is Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa on the evening of Tuesday January 14. 2014. The registration fee is $20 and pre-registration is required by Friday January 10. To register call the Page County ISU Extension office at (877) 596-7243.
This is the second year in a row that conference has been held in Creston. The sixty-six participants at the 2013 conference provided input that resulted in a different program for 2014. For example, at the January 2014 program all presenters will be in Creston in person. The 2014 program will also be slightly shorter than last year's program with three topics instead of five.
The 3-State Beef Conference topics and speakers were based on producer input. Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present on Drylotting Beef Cows. Rob Kollenbach from the University of Missouri will present on the use of cover crops in a grazing system. Tim Eggers from Iowa State University will present on Pasture Leasing Considerations.
Many producers manage their cows in drylot during the winter and after calving until pastures are ready. Feeding confined cows and calves forages, crop residues and grains for an extended period is an alternative to a traditional pasture system. Rasby will bring research based knowledge to bear on the decisions cow/calf operators are making with rising pasture costs and decreasing feed prices. The financial, nutritional, and practical concerns will be discussed.
Incentives were used to put in several acres of cover crops this fall. The historic and current use of cover crops show that they can provide economic benefits as well as non-economic benefits. Replacing other forage sources can be an economic benefit of cover crops. Kallenbach will provide research based information on their use in a grazing system.
Pasture leasing rates have increased as cropland leasing rates and land values have increased. Some land moved from pasture into crop production. Eggers will present on that decision process and help participants think through the communications challenges around pasture leasing. Not all pastures are equal, and that can be a challenge when producers are making a decision of whether to lease pasture next year or increase the time cow-calf pairs are drylotted.
Pre-registration is required for the 3-State Beef Conference, and there is a registration fee to cover the meal and materials. Registration can be made through the ISU Extension office in Page  County by calling (877) 596-7243. Pre-registration is due January 10. Information about the Missouri and Nebraska sites is available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/feci/3stbeef/

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