Beef Conference Looks at Using Cropland to Reduce Feed Costs

December 3, 2018, 2:07 pm | Erika Lundy

GREENFIELD, Iowa – Beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry who attend the Three-State Beef Conference will receive updates on current cow-calf and stocker topics from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri extension beef specialists.

a beef cow on pasture.Erika Lundy, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the program is designed to meet current needs of producers. The conference will be held on Jan. 15, 16 and 17, 2019.

“The 2019 conference will focus on reducing cow winter feed costs through optimizing the use of cropland," Lundy said. "Topics this year are especially timely considering the 2018 weather challenges, which limited opportunities for producers to harvest high-quality feedstuffs.”

Featured presenters are Dr. Mary Drewnoski and Kristen Ulmer, both from University of Nebraska—Lincoln and Dr. Eric Bailey from University of Missouri.

Drewnoski, beef systems specialist at UNL, will open the program with, “Filling in the gaps: using annual forages to meet late fall and early spring forage needs.” Following the evening meal, UNL extension beef systems educator Ulmer will speak on “Opportunities and management of corn residue for beef cattle.” Bailey, state beef nutritionist at MU will round out the program with his presentation, “Silage as the primary winter feed for beef cows.”

The conference is a traveling program, offered at three locations on different dates. At each site, registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal and copy of the presentations. Preregistrations are appreciated by Friday, Jan. 11, to help with meal planning.

The Iowa location is the first session on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Greenfield at the Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square. To register for this session, contact Kathy Rohrig at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office – Adair County at 641-743-8412 or

The Wednesday, Jan. 16 session is in Savannah, Missouri at 411 Court. The Nebraska session is Thursday, Jan. 17 at 620 1st Street, Syracuse, Neb.

The conference brochure has agenda information and a registration form.

For Iowa information, contact ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark at 712-250-0070 or email at or Erika Lundy at 641-743-8412 or You also can contact your regional extension beef specialist.

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