Calving Clinic Set in Union County

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Calving clinic participants practice techniques.

ISU beef specialist Chris Clark
demonstrates calving technique at a clinic.


AFTON, Iowa  — Cattle producers are invited to attend a calving clinic early next month at the Afton Community Center. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Chris Clark said the Feb. 3 educational program will offer valuable information about analyzing body condition score, stages of labor, assisting with the birthing process and newborn calf care.

"Spring calving season is either underway or right around the corner for most producers, and this program should provide some timely information that producers can start using right away," he said. "We will spend some time talking about the calving process and successfully managing that process, and also talk about some basic nutrition and health management as they relate to health and vigor of the newborn calf."

In addition to classroom style learning, attendees also will get to experience some simulated real life situations.

"We will offer some hands-on practice with the dystocia model from the college of veterinary medicine," Clark said. "This popular activity allows participants to actually practice applying OB chains, correcting the position problems, and delivering the calf." 

The clinic will be held Feb. 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Afton Community Center, 240 N. Douglas, Afton. An evening meal will be provided and the registration fee is $10 per person.  Please preregister by Feb. 2 by calling the Union County Extension Office at 641-782-8426 or email at  For more information, contact Clark at 712-250-0070 or email at


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,

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