Livestock

Local Highlights

21 goat weigh in
May 3, 2021

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 56 lambs and 54 meat goats at the weigh-in held May 1 at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair on August 7, 2021.   Daily rate-of-gain will be determined on the lambs and goats.  This will be used in the evaluation of the project by the judge at the fair. 

21 swine weigh in
April 6, 2021

This year 41 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 159 head for the 2021 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair.  The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation.

beef calves
January 4, 2021

86 Clayton County 4-H & FFA members have weighed and identified 202 head of market beef as projects this year.   Identified for 2021 were 133 Market Steers, 33 Dairy Steers and 36 Market Heifers.  The Clayton County market beef show will be Friday, August 6.   Retinal imagining was also done to qualify state fair animals. This year Clayton County 4-H’ers verified 16 head of cattle for state fair 4-H show. 

manure spreading
December 7, 2020

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2021. Clayton County is hosting the workshop on February 4 at 9:30 am. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is required. No walk-ins allowed. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

senior division
June 10, 2020

Twenty-one 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 8 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with ISU Extension and Outreach staff and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production. Many exhibitors in the 4-H & FFA market beef show see only the show ring aspect of beef production, not the real-world aspects of feeding cattle for today’s marketplace.  The Advanced Cattle Feeder Class focuses more on the real-world aspects of feeding to a target market, focusing on the cost of production, and meat quality.

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  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

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  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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