Livestock Resources


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, serves as the university's extension program to cattle producers. Our center comprises a dedicated group of faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. We work together to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa's beef industry.

Crush Margin Calculator: Use the Crush margin calculator to estimate the margin of return for cattle or hogs placed on feed at a user defined date. 

ISU Extension Store: Beef Publications


Resources are made available for farm management and planning to help improve business management for dairy farms. The ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team also provides information on animal nutrition, quality management for the farm and environment as well as caring for dairy animals.

ISU Extension Store: Dairy Publications


The Iowa Pork Industry Center was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. The center focuses efforts across departments and partners with other agencies and commercial entities to better serve the educational and informational needs of the industry. IPIC also focuses its efforts in programs that are integral and complementary to work by ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to aid in making their operations more efficient and profitable. Interdisciplinary programs with the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Engineering and Veterinary Medicine are ongoing.

ISU Extension Store: Swine Publications

Poultry and Egg Production

The mission of the Egg Industry Center is to add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.The Egg Industry Center meets its research and outreach goals by leadership be creating efficiencies through coordination, identifying industry needs that can best be impacted through the Center, identifying and attracting funds to direct to high priorities to accomplish more effective problem-solving and communicating solutions to audiences throughout the egg industry and consuming public.

ISU Extension Store: Poultry Publications


The Equine Science program strives to provide the very best for Iowa equestrians. Education and outreach is valued and focused on business management, selection and genetics, nutrition and heath of the horse and general equine care and husbandry.

ISU Extension Store: Equine Publications

Manure and Air Quality

Air quality and potential gaseous emission from animal feeding operations (AFOs) are a concern among Iowans. Rural residents are concerned with odors and emissions from AFOs that may affect their health, property values, and the environment. Livestock producers are concerned with possible effects on their own family members and employees, the environment, and the health and productivity of the livestock. The Animal Agriculture and Air Quality website is here to help navigate those things.

The purpose of the Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT) is to provide an objective overview of mitigation practices best suited to address odor, emissions and dust at your livestock operation so that livestock and poultry producers may compare and narrow their options of mitigation techniques.

Iowa Manure Management Action Group is a manure management and air quality group providing information on animal feeding operations. This group also provide Manure Applicator Certification (MAC) for the state of Iowa on partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Agricultural Waste Management Laboratory

ISU Extension Store: Manure and Air Quality Publications

More Livestock Resources

Animal Production Systems Engineering
ABE Extension
Ag Research Farm Progress Reports
Livestock Economics
Midwest Plan Service
Veterinary Medicine Extension
Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine