IOWA FALLS, Iowa -- Saturday, Jan. 20, is the date for the North Central Iowa Beef Conference in Iowa Falls. This year the conference will be held at the Gentle Student Center on the Ellsworth Community College campus in Iowa Falls. The conference is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension (ISU), the Iowa Beef Center at ISU, area county cattlemen organizations and commercial businesses.
The conference will include an adult education program, a youth program and commercial displays.
Daryl Strohbehn, ISU Extension beef specialist, will start the program at 9:30 a.m. with a discussion on making genetic decisions in you beef cow operation. Several topics such as use of distillers grains, ultrasound in beef cattle, estrus synchronization and pasture management will be covered in break out sessions.
John Lawrence, ISU Extension economist and director, Iowa Beef Center, will cover adding value to cattle and beef through information and production specifications. He also will provide an update on the beef industry as closing session.
The youth program will focus on live beef evaluation, beef sensory panel evaluation, beef and food safety and a Web-based beef scavenger hunt.
The program will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with commercial displays open at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is not required for the adult program; however there will be a $5 charge at the door.
For the youth program there is no charge, but youth are asked to register by contacting the Franklin County Extension office at (641) 456-4811. For more information on the conference contact your local ISU Extension county office or Russ Euken, ISU Extension livestock specialist, at (641) 923-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.