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Gooseneck trailer used for transporting cattle. Livestock producers interested in strengthening or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending the upcoming Grassroots Grazing workshops. The series is offered by Iowa State University Extension and regional Natural Resources Conservation Service. Denise Schwab is one of the organizers and said this short course consists of five different modules taught over the grazing season beginning June 27, 28, 29 depending on location.
Cocked rear ankle of beef steer.

Hairy Heel Wart (HHW) is becoming a significant problem for feedlot producers. It is not only difficult to diagnose but also hard to treat, according to Beth Doran, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. To address the issue, ISU Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are cosponsoring the "Hairy Heel Wart and Lameness Symposium - Iowa Checkoff Talks" on Tuesday, June 28 at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center.

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The 2022 Update for Veterinarians program offers current information and education focused on beef production. Organizer Chris Clark said practitioners who work with cattle will hear from Iowa State University experts on nutrition and diet formulation, troubleshooting common health problem related to nutrition, and more during the July 7 event.

Gooseneck trailer used for transporting cattle. Beef cattle transporters are receiving notice from major packers reminding them to renew their Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certificate. To help them renew or obtain new certification, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer BQAT trainings across northwest Iowa this summer.  Extension beef specialist Beth Doran is organizing these trainings with the next set for July 12.
   
Feedlot Cattle Eating at Bunk with Short Course attendees in the Background.

From its first session in 2017, the Feedlot Short Course was created with today's feedlot producer in mind and remains true to that premise by adapting and adding content that's requested and relevant. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk is one of the program organizers and said it continues to be a source of up-to-date knowledge for attendees. The sixth annual event is hosted and organized by Iowa Beef Center at ISU, and will run from 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 through noon on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Cattle grazing forages.

Many producers have turned toward integrating cover crops as an alternative to extend the grazing season, and some have even begun utilizing warm season annual forages to fill some voids during the summer slump. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm will host a field day featuring ongoing forage research with summer annuals. The event will take place Tuesday evening, July 12, at the ISU Wallace Learning Center on the Research Farm near Lewis.

Heat graphic. Keep current temperatures and humidity levels in mind during these hot, humid summer days, and make sure your cattle have shade and plenty of water. Check our heat resources page for more info.
Cattle grazing a mix of summer annuals.

Cool temperatures and varying soil moisture have limited pasture and hay growth in northwest Iowa. Each forage species has unique characteristics such as growing season, height, regrowth potential, yield, feed value, presence or absence of anti-quality components, and suitability for haying, grazing or silage, according to Beth Doran, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Dairy-beef cross calves in feedlot. Current retail values of diesel fuel can be used as an index to estimate current and near-future yardage charges in maintaining livestock. Iowa Beef Center associate scientist Garland Dahlke said it’s important for producers to know their costs, especially in light of higher fuel prices. He recently updated the Iowa Beef Center’s Yardage-Diesel Fuel Relationship calculator to help producers determine cost estimates.
 

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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