Extension News

Pasture Walk Discusses Grazing at Crucial Time for Industry

6/7/2008

AMES, Iowa -- Now, more than ever, grazing management and feed-cost control are critical to the cowcalf business. To help individuals understand how to minimize feeding costs, the Iowa Beef Center is co-sponsoring a pasture walk in Woodburn, Iowa, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension in Clarke County, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Clarke County Cattlemen’s Association. The walk will take place June 17, 2008, at the Dutrey Farms, located at 3283 Fox Street in Woodburn, Iowa.

The event, which will begin at 6 p.m., will include speakers discussing a variety of topics and a tour of the Dutrey Farms. Beef producers, landowners and agribusiness professionals will benefit from the discussions led by the event’s speakers, including George and George Dutrey, local producers; Joe Sellers, Iowa Beef Center beef specialist; Brian Peterson from the NRCS; and Byron Sleugh, range and pasture specialist with Dow AgroSciences. Discussion topics will range from exploring methods to extend grazing, to managing grass height.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring specific questions they have regarding grazing management to receive assistance
from these industry experts.

The walk is free and attendance is open to everyone, with a meal provided by the Clarke County Cattlemen’s Association. For more information, contact Sellers at (641) 203-1270 or Glenn Easter, Clarke County Extension education director, at (641) 342-3316.

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It serves as the university’s extension program to cattle producers and is comprised of faculty and staff from ISU Extension and the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Together, the Iowa Beef Center’s members work to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. To learn more, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

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Contacts :

Glen Easter, County Extension Director, (641) 342-3316, gweaster@iastate.edu

Taylor Gerling, Iowa Beef Center communications specialist
(515) 294-9124, tgerling@iastate.edu