Managing and maintaining dairy equipment to improve energy efficiency is challenging, especially cooling milk throughout the hot summer months. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains three key factors for reducing energy consumption on Midwestern dairies.
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is offering a new spreadsheet that estimates hay cost per bale or ton and grazing cost per day for CRP forage. ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers developed the spreadsheet.
Iowa crop and livestock producers dealing with drought–related issues heard from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists during a webinar Wednesday, July 25 on options available to them. Presentations made by the Extension crops, livestock and farm management teams were recorded and are now available.
Tanks that are used to haul nitrogen-based fertilizer should not be used to transport any type of drinking water supply for animals, advises Steve Ensley, of Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department.
There are several reasons why producers need to know how to handle and feed drought-damaged corn in silage form, according to Steve Ensley of Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) department.
New central Iowa opportunities exist for harvesting corn stover in support of cellulosic ethanol plant biomass feedstock needs. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a meeting on Aug. 15 to address emerging opportunities related to stover harvesting. The Corn Stover Harvest Meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in Christy Hall, Story County Extension Office, Nevada.
Cow-calf producers should consider weaning calves now to help reduce the demand on pastures and get cows in better condition prior to winter, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Early weaning does require good weaning management; Schwab outlines management steps.