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February 2024

As a college senior, Brad Kooima had no intention of doing anything after graduation other than returning to the farm and raising cattle. A required 10-hour per week internship would change all that.

Have drought conditions and overgrazing left your pastures in rough shape? Could you use a refresher on pasture management strategies? The March 4 session of All Things Beef might be just the ticket. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Chris Clark said this session will include information to help producers meet nutritional needs of their herds and optimize pasture productivity going into the 2024 growing season.

More than 20 years ago, a northwest Iowa county cattlemen's group worked with Iowa State University extension beef specialist Beth Doran to organize a feedlot-focused program. The area is home to the feedlot industry in Iowa with more than 950,000 head of cattle on feed in 17 northwestern counties. This local group wanted to bring relevant and timely information and education to themselves and their peers, and the now-annual Feedlot Forum was born.

All hay producers in the region are invited to attend the 39th annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Annual Meeting and Conference on March 14 at Buzzy’s bar and grill, 414 Main St., Welton. This year’s program will feature two new Iowa State University staff, Dr. Shelby Gruss, assistant professor in forage extension, and Madelynn Wuestenberg, ISU extension specialist.

Those needing BQA certification - either initial or renewal - may want to attend a free BQA session tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Iowa Beef Expo. Hosted by Certified Angus Beef (CAB) and Sysco, the event begins with a Certified Angus Beef® brand lunch at noon in the Penningroth Sale Arena on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, followed by the BQA session at 1 p.m. and a presentation from Travis Thomas of Upper Iowa Beef. Iowa State extension beef specialist Denise Schwab will lead the BQA training. Although the entire workshop is open to the public, registration is encouraged.

Whether you're new to beef production or perhaps a dairy producer considering adding or transitioning to cow-calf production, Iowa State University extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said the Beef Cow-Calf School for Beginners from University of Wisconsin--Madison is a good option for anyone wanting to learn more about the beef business.

Producers who need to renew or obtain their certification in Beef Quality Assurance can preregister now for an in-person training in Moville in northwestern Iowa. Offered by the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the session Is set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

 

January 2024

Just in time for some mid-winter learning, the Iowa Beef Center is hosting a five-part feedlot webinar series beginning Feb. 1. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk is organizing the series that will be held every Thursday in February.

To help Iowa cattlemen and women prepare for a successful calving season and subsequent breeding period, Iowa Beef Center has rescheduled the two Advanced Calving Clinics for Feb. 26, according to Iowa State University extension beef specialist Denise Schwab. Session topics cover essentials from conception to calving, including nutrition basics during gestation and early lactation, assisting at calving, working with your local veterinarian, and baby calf health and care.

Don’t delay in preregistering for the 2024 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council annual conference. Set for Feb. 6, the event returns to Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., just to the southwest of Jack Trice Stadium. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and introductions at 10 a.m. Two presentations are on tap for the morning session, and lunch at noon is followed by the IFGC annual meeting. The two afternoon sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Building a beef program around strong genetics is vital to future and continued profitability for producers, and that's no bull. To a person, members of an interactive bull stud panel at the recent Genetic Symposium stressed the importance of knowing what you want and how to best get it.

NOTE: THE 2024 FEEDLOT FORUM IN SIOUX CENTER IS BEING HELD AS SCHEDULED ON JAN. 16. The agenda features current feedlot topics including beef on dairy production, new implant regulations, the 2024 Farm Bill, market transparency, and beef industry expansion. An added bonus is the trade show featuring more than 20 industry-leading companies and organizations.

If pasture renovation is top of mind for you this winter, make plans to attend a session in Poweshiek County dedicated to that topic on Jan. 24. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall will lead the session, set to begin at noon with lunch and run through 2:30. Location is Meyer Seed, 5204 Hwy 63, Montezuma.

WEATHER RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Calving clinics originally scheduled for Jan. 15 in Maquoketa and Independence are tentatively postponed. Decisions on canceling or rescheduling will be made soon and updated here. What do all profitable cow-calf operations have in common? A live healthy calf crop is the key to profitability! To help Iowa cattlemen and women prepare for a successful calving season and subsequent breeding period, Iowa Beef Center is offering two Advanced Calving Clinics on January 15, 2024.

WEATHER RELATED DATE CHANGE: The next session of the All Things Beef workshop series originally set for Jan. 9 has post postponed until Feb. 5. Time for the calving refresher session remains at 6-7:30 p.m.Iowa State University extension beef specialist Chris Clark said this session offers info for cattle producers on what to look for and what to do during the process.

The 2024 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council annual conference is set for Feb. 6 in Ames. The event returns to Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., just to the southwest of Jack Trice Stadium. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and introductions at 10 a.m. Two presentations are on tap for the morning session, and lunch at noon is followed by the IFGC annual meeting. The two afternoon sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m. The conference is open to the public.

Southwest Iowa cattle producers, including 4-H and FFA members, are invited to attend a calving clinic Jan. 23 at St. Peters Catholic Church Parish Hall, in Defiance. In addition to classroom style learning, attendees also will have the opportunity for hands-on practice with delivering calves and dealing with dystocia cases utilizing a life-sized model cow and calf from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

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