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BIF 2021 graphic. Pasture walks provide real time looks at plant growth, weed control and water management tools, all of which are important to beef operations using pasture grazing. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Chris Clark has organized two of these walks, one each in Story and Monroe counties, and said they're for anyone interested in learning more about pasture management, pasture watering systems and cattle grazing.
BIF 2021 graphic. Cutting edge technology in cattle operations takes center stage during the second general session of the 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention. The theme of this morning session is Precision Livestock Technology and features two speakers and a producer panel.
Cattle grazing in pasture. The Fencing and Grazing Clinic, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center, Department of Animal Science, and ISU Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University, is set for June 17 at the Beef Teaching Farm in Ames. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said a variety of topics, speakers and learning opportunities make this clinic a “must-attend” for anyone who works with cattle, grazing and fencing in their operations.
Cattle in shade. Summer temperatures have arrived with 90+ temperature across Iowa. Cattle may still be acclimating to summer temperatures and may experience some heat stress issues. Breeding cows and bulls may have decreased breeding activity and fertility which can severely impact the early breeding season.
Cattle grazing in field. Livestock producers who want to learn about optimizing forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the Pasture and Grazing Management series at the Iowa State University Marshall County Extension Office this summer and fall. First session is June 16. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark is leading the series.
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The afternoon breakout sessions at the 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention will provide attendees with the latest looks at technological advancements and research results. Held during the afternoons of June 23 and 24, both sessions have three tracks with four presentations. Beth Reynolds says these technical breakouts provide thought-provoking afternoons with individual sessions tailored to specific interests of producers or researchers.

Cattle in feedlot. The two optional tours of the 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention will provide attendees a firsthand look at unique aspects of Iowa's beef industry. Set for Friday, June 25, both the West and East tours will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the Iowa Events Center and return at 6 p.m.
Feedlot Forum 2021 program graphic. The popular program, Feedlot Forum 2021, will be at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center on June 29. Built grassroots up, it focuses on issues critical to beef feedlot producers and cutting-edge technology available from agri-business professionals. This year's theme is "Producing and Marketing in Today's Era" and registration is now open for the in-person event.
BIF 2021 graphic. The 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium and Convention will kick off Tuesday afternoon, June 22, with the Young Producers Symposium. Developed by the planning committee, this event's theme is Profitability in Balance. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall is on the planning committee and said the group is excited to see this presented to open up the BIF 2021 events.
Black cow with newborn black calf. Our Calving Management online manual is here for you. Info you need for correctly managing calving in your herd: general prep, facilities, supplies and more, all at your fingertips on your device.
 

Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. There are some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/.

Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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