Calling all Dallas County Veterinarians!

Are you looking to learn more about the current issues concerning Iowa cattle health? The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2024 Update for Veterinarians on June 25 at the McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton. 

Topics on this year's program include:

▪ Water quality

▪ Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in cattle

▪ Biosecurity featuring the ISU Vet School’s new biosecurity trailer

Pre-registration is requested by calling the Lucas County Extension Office at (641) 774-2016 by June 21st. Pre-registration cost is $50/person with walk-in registrations being $70.

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Learn about the dietary influence of water for livestock, beef biosecurity and more

May 31, 2024, 12:06 pm | Sherry Hoyer, Chris Clark

CHARITON, Iowa – The 2024 Update for Veterinarians program will offer current information and education for large and mixed animal veterinarians with a focus on beef production. This event will take place on June 25 at Iowa State University’s McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, near Chariton.

The program is geared toward those with a focus on beef cattle and will feature Iowa State experts discussing the impacts water holds on livestock diet formulation and health, the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in dairy cattle, as well as biosecurity strategy updates.

Beef cattle on pasture.“This year's water topic will build on the protein and fiber nutrition sessions from previous years," said Chris Clark, a beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. "The HPAI update and biosecurity recommendations also will provide useful information that veterinarians can take home and use right away in their practices.”

The morning session begins with a presentation discussing water by Garland Dahlke, a nutritionist and research scientist with the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State. Dahlke’s discussion will cover nutrients found in water supplies and how to incorporate the nutrients into a diet formulation, contaminants that are commonly dealt with in water and testing for them, health implications of water or lack of water and what this means for livestock. 

“The discovery of HPAI in dairy cattle is a hot topic as an emerging disease and as we think about the epidemiology and transmission of this disease, it seems only natural to follow with a discussion of biosecurity," said Clark.

ISU Extension and Outreach dairy veterinarian Phillip Jardon will join Molly Lee and Delaine Quaresma, from the Center for Food Security & Public Health at Iowa State, to address these topics.

The new Iowa State biosecurity trailer will offer interactive learning, and participants can talk with research farm staff about topics of interest.

Registration is required and is $50 per person by June 21 or $70 on-site. This fee includes a lunch catered by Cater 2U2, and a morning break.

View and download the program brochure with complete agenda and registration information. Registration is handled by the ISU Extension and Outreach Lucas County office. Five hours of continuing education credits have been requested.

For more information, contact Chris Clark at 712-250-0070 or

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