Livestock

Local Highlights

July 11, 2019

Beef Quality Assurance Transportation is a new program that provides information for farmers and professional truckers who are involved while transporting cattle.

June 27, 2019

Feedlot cattle may not be acclimated to summer temperatures yet and the fast warm up this weekend may cause some heat stress issues. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers timely reminders for producers.

May 22, 2019

Ranked fourth for cattle and calves on feed, and 10th for the number of beef cows, Iowa's beef industry plays a major role in the state's economy. While Iowans certainly have a lot to celebrate this month, many are also facing the challenges of a cool, wet spring, and being profitable amid high feed and input costs.

May 16, 2019

The good news for cattle and sheep producers wondering how to manage forage shortages this summer and lay in forages for next winter is that there are short-term and supplemental forage options.

April 3, 2019

Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, recommends producers get out in their fields as soon as possible to assess damage to pastures and hay ground and check out possible disaster assistance.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Your link to Master Equine Manager, Grazing News, and information on educational opportunities throughout the year.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications on a number of topics relative to agriculture.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

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

  • To add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.

  • 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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