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Feeding Forages to Livestock Is Focus of November Conference


AMES, Iowa – Iowa livestock producers have the opportunity to hear all about grass-fed beef at this year’s Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council Conference, scheduled for Nov. 23-24.

The conference, to be held at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, will feature speakers from the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension, and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is also scheduled to present on the importance of forages in Iowa.

Conference topics range from alternative uses for forages, to storing and feeding your forages. John Lawrence, Iowa Beef Center director and extension livestock economist, will discuss the economics of both forage production and grass-fed cattle production in his conference presentations. Several producers will offer insight into best practices in grass-fed and grain-fed specialty beef production during a morning discussion. 

An evening roundtable discussion is planned for Monday, Nov. 23; the conference will continue as an all-day event on Nov. 24. Registration for both days, with meals included, is $40. Pre-registration continues through Nov. 17.

A full agenda and registration form are available in the brochure linked to the news release posted at www.iowabeefcenter.org. For more information on attending the IFGC Conference, contact Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, at (641) 774-2016 or sellers@iastate.edu.


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. For more information about the Iowa Beef Center, visit them online at www.iowabeefcenter.org or http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/iowabeef.

Contacts :

Joe Sellers, beef program specialist, (641) 774-2016, sellers@iastate.edu

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

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