CHARITON, Iowa – Veterinarians who work with cattle are invited to sharpen their skills and learn the latest information on a variety of topics at a May 30 workshop in southern Iowa. The 19th annual “Update for Veterinarians” will focus on topics of specific interest to beef practitioners, according to Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers who is organizing the event at the ISU McNay Research Farm near Chariton.
“All of our speakers are from Iowa State this year,” Sellers said. "We created the program based on discussions with local practitioners about issues facing their clients."
Terry Engelken will present information on identifying fescue foot and other toxicity symptoms, and results of an Iowa-based cow internal parasite survey. Other speakers and topics are Mary Drewnoski with fescue management, Steve Ensley with updated impacts of pyrethroid application on bull fertility, Dan Loy with review of improving digestibility of low quality forages, Stephanie Hansen with results of a forage/mineral study, Grant Dewell with an update from ISU’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine department, and Sellers with heifer development strategies and using the Iowa Beef Center’s estrus synchronization planner.
“The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State and ISU Extension and Outreach have put together a great program of current topics and presenters, and we’ve applied for six hours of continuing education credits,” Sellers said.
Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with the first of four morning speakers starting at 9:15 a.m. Four more speakers will follow lunch. Those who preregister by May 28 will pay $50 per person which includes the noon meal. Those who preregister after May 28 and those who register onsite will pay $70.