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McNay Farm heifers in pasture.

Incorporating a summer annual into the crop rotation provides much needed summer slump grazing while utilizing minimal row crop acres. A winter annual/summer annual forage rotation disrupts the standard corn-soybean rotation, which provides several benefits, according to Iowa State University extension beef specialist Denise Schwab. Several free forage field days are planned that will demonstrate annual forage rotations and share the results of ISU research plots. (Update 7-26-21: all field days are now scheduled.)

McNay Farm heifers in pasture.

Iowa State University is hosting a field day on Aug. 3 at the McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will include a grilled burger dinner served by the Lucas County Cattlemen. There will be several presentations about ongoing research projects including both classroom and in-field discussion. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Chris Clark is coordinating the event and said it should be of interest to anyone interested in agriculture and beef cattle production.

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. Next session is July 28. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark is leading the series.
Feedlot Cattle Eating at Bunk with Short Course attendees in the Background. The fifth annual Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 3-5 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk said the goal of the event is to optimize participant learning through exposure to new technology, research and best management practices.
Baldie cow-calf pair in pasture.

Lingering drought-stricken pastures and high grain markets have limited forage productivity and land access for many southwest and west central Iowa cattlemen. To help improve forage and grazing capacity, a new summer grazing series has been developed for the area. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk said the series will offer information and resources for producers to improve management practices and capitalize on alternative forage resources to extend the grazing season. Final two sessions are Aug. 11 and Sept. 14.

Iowa drought monitor map for July 8, 2021. Most of northwest Iowa is under moderate or severe drought that is beginning to take a toll on pasture carrying capacity, according to Beth Doran, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She reminds producers that changes in management can help extend pasture forage, and offers several suggestions.
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, and at

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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