Extension News

Meeting for Dairy Steer Producers

2/4/2009

ORANGE CITY, Iowa --- Dairy steer producers face similar challenges as beef steer producers - feed costs and market prices.  But, there are unique aspects of raising dairy steers.  These opportunities and challenges are the focus of a Dairy Steer Meeting on Feb. 24 at the Downtown Orange City Health System.

The meeting, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on four topics. Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef field specialist, will discuss nutrition and management for dairy steers.  "Feeding programs for dairy steers have changed as corn co-products have emerged.  Many rations today utilize these newer feedstuffs," said Doran.

She notes that carcass characteristics and packer expectations are also different for dairy steers. She will be discussing these differences and available marketing protocols for dairy steers.

Ron Hook, ISU Extension farm management field specialist, will visit about budgets for Holstein market steers and for backgrounding Holstein feeder cattle.  "With the buy-sell margin for beef cattle now, feedlot producers are wondering about feeding dairy steers," Hook said.

Hook also will discuss the challenges of marketing dairy steers and offer risk management tools and strategies to help dairy steer producers who handle both Holstein steers and Holstein feeder cattle.

The Dairy Steer Meeting is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Beef Center and the USDA Risk Management Agency. Registration of $20/person is requested by February 19.  For a flyer or more details, contact Beth Doran  at (712) 737-4230 or e-mail doranb@iastate.edu or visit the Iowa Beef Center website at www.iowabeefcenter.org.

 

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Contacts :

Beth Doran, Field Specialist, (712) 737-4230, doranb@iastate.edu

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

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu