Iowa Beef Center to host three fencing and grazing clinics

 

8/10/2022

Cattle grazing in pasture.

Fencing and grazing clinics set for Sept. 7, 12, 14.

AMES, Iowa – Continued land competition, higher feed costs, and drought stressed forages are signaling Iowa cattlemen that it’s time to improve and fine-tune their grazing programs. Iowa Beef Center’s Fencing and Grazing Clinic has expanded to three Iowa locations this year to help meet that need with information and hands-on experience. Event partners are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms.

Beth Reynolds, IBC extension program specialist, and Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, Iowa State University extension beef specialist are planning the daylong events, two of which will be held at ISU research farms. All run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include the noon meal.

Lundy-Woolfolk said attendees will learn tips and tricks for enhancing their grazing programs.

“In the morning, our hands-on learning includes a permanent and temporary fencing demonstration led by Gallagher, and a group activity on designing paddocks within your pasture, led by NRCS,” she said. “We’ve also planned classroom sessions on grazing leases and contracts, water quality and building a grazing calendar.”

Topics and confirmed speakers are:

  • New Tools in Fencing – Brad Cochran, Gallagher 
  • Building your Paddocks – Jeff Matthias, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Grazing Leases & Contracts – Kitt Tovar Jensen, ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation
  • Planning a Grazing Calendar – Beth Reynolds & Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, Iowa Beef Center 
  • Water Quality: Testing, Interpreting, and Impact on Performance
  • Optional ISU farm tour

There is no cost to attend thanks to sponsors: Gallagher, Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, Theisen’s, Millborn Seeds, Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Dairyland Laboratories, Inc.

Preregistration is required to attend and requested two days prior to the session you wish to attend.  To register, contact Reynolds at bethr@iastate.edu or 307-761-3353, or Lundy-Woolfolk, ellundy@iastate.edu or 641-745-5902, and note which location you will attend.

  • Sept. 7, Wallace Learning Center, ISU Armstrong Research Farm, 53020 Hitchcock Ave, Lewis.
  • Sept. 12, ISU McNay Research Farm, 45249 170th Ave, Chariton.
  • Sept. 14, ISU Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd, Ames.

See the clinic flyer for a quick look at dates, locations, topics and sponsors.

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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.

 

Contacts
Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, 641-745-5902, ellundy@iastate.edu
Beth Reynolds, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist, 307-761-3353 bethr@iastate.edu



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