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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.
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.
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.
Cool season grasses in field. Annual forages can provide flexibility when managing forage supply whether filling forage production gaps or serving as a primary forage source. Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, said everyone is invited to learn more about annual forages and integrating them into a cropping rotation in an upcoming virtual field day set for June 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
. Save the Date! The 2021 version of Feedlot Forum returns to Sioux Center on June 29. This popular event has been built from the grassroots up and focuses on critical issues for beef feedlot producers and cutting-edge technology available from agribusiness professionals. This year’s theme is “Producing and Marketing in Today’s Era” and features nationally recognized speakers, including Wes Gentry from Midwest PMS and Iowa State University extension livestock economist Lee Schulz. Registration will open May 1.
BIF 2021 graphic. For the first time in two years, the Beef Improvement Federation’s annual meeting and research symposium will be held in person. Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director and Iowa State University extension beef specialist, said ISU faculty and staff are excited to host this year’s event, set for June 22-25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
Two tractors with loaders building a silage pile. A recent Iowa Beef Center evaluation of extension grazing programs showed that while 80% of respondents already incorporate cover crops (winter annuals) into their farming enterprise, there’s an overall interest in additional research on adding forage alternatives to existing cattle production systems. Those findings led to a two-year project on utilizing cool and warm season annual forages into the grazing or stored feed system in cattle operations. ISU extension beef specialist Denise Schwab is involved with the study led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff, and said the project begins with three field days over the next few weeks.
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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