Beef Producers: Several Upcoming Events Just For You!

There are several upcoming events for beef producers

Cow-Calf Conference,  Saturday, January 19th, Ottumwa:  focuses on a variety of topics designed to help producers recognize options and opportunities in a variety of areas based on past weather-related conditions. From feed and water options to cover crop possibilities, experts from universities and private industry in the Midwest will lead these sessions and offer producers valuable information to put into practice on their farms.  For more information, click on the attached brochure--Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

West Central Iowa Beef Cattle Forum,  Wednesday, January 23rd, Arcadia: Area cattlemen should plan to attend the first annual West Central Iowa Beef Cattle Forum to be held on January 23rd, 2013 at the American Legion Hall in Arcadia, Iowa.  The Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are working together to offer the educational program.  Registration will begin at 8:30 AM with introductions and speakers to begin at 9:00 AM.  There will be no cost to register and lunch will be provided.  Lunch will be served at approximately 12:15 PM and the meeting should conclude at approximately 3:30 PM.   The target audience includes anyone involved in the beef industry including cow/calf and feedlot producers.  There will be a variety of topics discussed including economic outlook, bovine nutrition, confinement feeding of beef cows, and environmental issues. Stephen Pollard, EPA CAFO Compliance and Enforcement Coordinatorwill be present to discuss surveillance and regulatory issues.  Dan Loy, Director of the Iowa Beef Center will be present to discuss protein supplementation and corn stalk treatment.  Other highlights will include an economic outlook from Shane Ellis, Farm Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a discussion regarding the confinement feeding of beef cows.  There will also be numerous sponsors from the animal health industry available to inform producers about their products and services and Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association CEO will provide an ICA update. We kindly request that you RSVP by January 17th by contacting Chris Clark, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Field Specialist, at 636-432-9437 or by email at or by contacting the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association at 1-800-888-1730.  More information can also be obtained from the Iowa Beef Center website, county extension offices, or from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.  See the flyer here

4-State Beef Conference, Tuesday, January 29th, Lewis or Creston locations: Area cattlemen should mark the evening of Tuesday, January 29 on their calendars and make plans to attend the 29th Annual 4-State Beef Conference.  The conference planning committee has designed an excellent program that should have something of interest for all beef producers.  Topics for the 2013 conference will include “Genetic Improvement in Beef Cattle Feed Efficiency”presented by Dr. Stephanie Hansen from Iowa State University at the Lewis, IA location and by Dr. Megan VanEmon from Iowa State University at the Creston, IA location.  Other topics include “Engaging Consumers in a Beef Conversation” presented by Daren Williams, Executive Director of Communications for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and “Beef Industry Update and Outlook” presented by Todd Kalous, Market Analyst for CattleFax. There will also be a local presentation “The Unsettling Truth About Trichomoniasis” and “Prepare Now for a Successful Calving Season” by regional beef specialists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Chris Clark will present at the Lewis, IA location and Joe Sellers will present at the Creston, IA location.  The presentations by Daren Williams and Todd Kalous will be done via webcast and other presentations will be done live. The conference will begin at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30.  This year there will be two locations for the conference in Iowa, one at the Armstrong Research Farm in Lewis and another at Southwestern Community College in Creston. The 4-State Beef Conferences are designed to give beef cattle producers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska an annual update on current cow-calf and stocker topics.  The conferences provide a forum of Extension Specialists from four of the USA’s leading beef cattle land grant universities. The registration fee is $20.00 per person and reservations are requested by, Friday, January 25, 2013.  The fee includes a beef meal and a copy of the conference proceedings.  To keep registration fees affordable in the future, please help us by calling in your reservations.  If you need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform us by January 11.  For more information or to register for the conference, contact Chris Clark at 636-432-9437 or Leann Tibken at 712-769-2600.  More information can also be obtained from your local county extension office, or by visiting our website at:

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