December "All Things Beef" workshop to focus on feed


Cow eating feed.

Cow eating feed.


AFTON, Iowa – Looking for something to fill the need for nutrition information for your cattle during the coming months? The Dec. 5 session of the All Things Beef workshop series in Afton could be just the ticket. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Chris Clark said this session will help producers with feeding decisions while keeping a close eye on costs.

"We'll look at nutritional requirements for your cattle and developing rations to meet those requirements," he said. "We'll also talk about stretching available forage supply and determining which low-cost rations could be right for you."

Clark, Jodi Hitz of the Union County extension office and Dawn Dugan of the Ringgold County extension office worked together to plan, organize and host these workshops to meet the needs and interests of area producers.

"Each session will be held at the Afton Community Center in Afton, and there will be no charge for the program," he said. "We are asking people to preregister for each session they would like to attend.  We are planning to provide a light supper and preregistration helps with our preparation."

Remaining dates and topics in the series are Jan. 9, 2024, calving management with a calving model for hands-on practice, and Feb. 5, 2024, preparing your pasture for spring. All sessions run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The community center is located at 240 N Douglas in Afton, and preregistration can be made by calling either the Ringgold county extension office at 641-464-3333 or the Union county extension office at 641-782-8426. You also can email the Union county office at

See the workshop series flyer with information on all sessions and preregistation details.



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Chris Clark, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, 712-250-0070,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,

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