Livestock

Local Highlights

3 white pigs
February 17, 2020

 

AMES, Iowa — Several United States meat processors have recently announced their intention to process only pigs that are free of ractopamine. This has led to many questions about what it means to sell “ractopamine-free pigs.”

January 7, 2020

Even if you have calved hundreds of cows in your lifetime, you'll want to atend this workshop to learn new techniques to manage difficult deliveries, tricks to snag a leg that is back, first aid at calving time and when to call your vet for assistance.

tractor and manure applicator spreading manure on a bean field
December 19, 2019

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements Jan. 8, 2020. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the training at 73 locations in Iowa.

Herd of black cows in snowy field
December 3, 2019

 The first session of this four-part series is set for Wednesday, Dec. 11, and focuses on winter feeding management.

 
black cow with white blaze looking over concrete feed bunk
July 1, 2019

VINTON, Iowa – Profitability in cattle feeding depends on more than just cattle prices and performance. It appears that controlling feed costs will play a major role in feedlot profits for 2020. Finding the most cost-effective energy and protein sources, and managing to reduce feed waste and losses is important. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab is coordinating a late summer conference that will address a variety of topics related to feedlot nutrition and management. The conference is set for Friday, Aug. 9, at Buzzy’s in Welton, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Livestock Information
for Tama County

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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