CHARITON, Iowa -- The Iowa State University (ISU) McNay Research Farm will host a field day for local producers on Aug. 28, at the farm southwest of Chariton. “Recent expansion of the ethanol industry, higher feed prices, and low supplies of hay are forcing producers to look at new ways to feed and manage cattle and sheep raised in southern Iowa,” says Joe Sellers, ISU Extension livestock specialist. This field day will review projects underway at the farm to look at these alternatives, and answer specific questions raised by producers who attend.
Presentations starting at 4:30 p.m. at the headquarters include reports on beef research at McNay, including storing and feeding wet distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), grazing trials using DDGS, and protecting water quality with grazing/riparian grazing studies. A concurrent session for sheep producers, also at 4:30 at the sheep barn will discuss using corn co-products in sheep rations, preparing for the breeding season and breeding season management.
Also featured will be displays and self guided tours including a portable solar watering unit, an electric fencing display and demonstration, using winter annual small grains for forage and an overview of the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance. At 6:30 p.m. a free meal will be served by the Lucas County Cattlemen’s Association.
Following dinner, brief presentations on stretching hay and fall stockpile with co-products, cornstalk grazing, advantages of early weaning and sample cow and calf rations will be followed by a question and answer session. Presenters at the field day will include state beef, sheep and forage specialists from ISU as well as McNay farm, NRCS, and industry specialists and local ISU Extension staff.
Go south four miles on Highway 65 from the intersection of Highways 65 and 34, then 2.5 miles east on a gravel road and turn north one-quarter mile. The headquarters is on the east side of the road.
The event is sponsored by ISU Extension, the Iowa Beef Center, the ISU McNay Farm, and the Rathbun Lake Special Project. For details contact the McNay farm at (641) 766-6465 or Joe Sellers at (641) 203-1270.