Driftless Region Beef Conference Returns Jan. 27-28

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The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held January 27-28, 2022.

DUBUQUE, Iowa – With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The tenth annual event will be held Jan. 27-28, 2022, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque.

The driftless region in these states contain rolling hills, streams and karst soil topography. Because soil and water conservation is best accomplished when much of this land is seeded for forage and livestock then consumes those forages, the conference will focus on efficient and economic forage and beef production.

The conference begins on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. with keynote speaker Dr. Ron Gill, professor and Extension livestock specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Associate Department Head. In a meat fabrication demonstration, Iowa State University meat science specialist Dr. Terry Houser will show and explain various value-added cuts. The final two afternoon topics include alternative meats and consumer trends. An evening discussion on value-added opportunities will feature a producer panel. Friday morning's session features Matt Ludlow of Rush Creek Ranch in Wisconsin, who recently won the National Stocker Award, followed by eight breakout sessions for feedlot operations and cow-calf producers, and a market outlook.

Key speakers are Dan Loy and Denise Schwab, Iowa State University; Bill Halfman and Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin; Bailey Harsh, University of Illinois; and Mary Drewnoski and Elliott Dennis, University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

The early registration fee is $85 per person and must be received prior to midnight, Jan. 14. The price increases to $115 after that date. More information on topics, speakers and lodging is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/beef/. Online and mail registration forms are available on the conference website.

The Driftless Region Beef Conference is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at 319-472-4739.


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 www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, 319-721-9624, dschwab@iastate.edu


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