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The 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium and Convention will kick off Tuesday afternoon, June 22, with the Young Producers Symposium. Developed by the planning committee, this event's theme is Profitability in Balance. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall is on the planning committee and said the group is excited to see this presented to open up the BIF 2021 events.

The popular program, Feedlot Forum 2021, will be at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center on June 29. Built grassroots up, it focuses on issues critical to beef feedlot producers and cutting-edge technology available from agri-business professionals. This year's theme is "Producing and Marketing in Today's Era" and registration is now open for the in-person event.



The Fencing and Grazing Clinic, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center, Department of Animal Science, and ISU Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University, is set for June 17 at the Beef Teaching Farm in Ames. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said a variety of topics, speakers and learning opportunities make this clinic a “must-attend” for anyone who works with cattle, grazing and fencing in their operations.

Annual forages can provide flexibility when managing forage supply whether filling forage production gaps or serving as a primary forage source. Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, said everyone is invited to learn more about annual forages and integrating them into a cropping rotation in an upcoming virtual field day set for June 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Save the Date! The 2021 version of Feedlot Forum returns to Sioux Center on June 29. This popular event has been built from the grassroots up and focuses on critical issues for beef feedlot producers and cutting-edge technology available from agribusiness professionals. This year’s theme is “Producing and Marketing in Today’s Era” and features nationally recognized speakers, including Wes Gentry from Midwest PMS and Iowa State University extension livestock economist Lee Schulz. Registration will open May 1.

For the first time in two years, the Beef Improvement Federation’s annual meeting and research symposium will be held in person. Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director and Iowa State University extension beef specialist, said ISU faculty and staff are excited to host this year’s event, set for June 22-25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

A recent Iowa Beef Center evaluation of extension grazing programs showed that while 80% of respondents already incorporate cover crops (winter annuals) into their farming enterprise, there’s an overall interest in additional research on adding forage alternatives to existing cattle production systems. Those findings led to a two-year project on utilizing cool and warm season annual forages into the grazing or stored feed system in cattle operations. ISU extension beef specialist Denise Schwab is involved with the study led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff, and said the project begins with three field days over the next few weeks


Those who use silage in their beef rations are invited to consider using the free Corn Silage to Beef Calculator from Iowa Beef Center. According to developer Garland Dahlke, the tool provides a means to rank the potential value of corn silage varieties used in beef rations and can evaluate a variety of factors.

Our Calving Management online manual is here for you. Info you need for correctly managing calving in your herd: general prep, facilities, supplies and more, all at your fingertips on your device.

Feed spoilage and waste obviously costs money, but it may have bigger impacts on cattle health as well. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Denise Schwab offers these reminders of feed loss types, causes and effects, and how to address possible challenges.



Industry professionals and beef producers who are finishing and marketing dairy beef are invited to virtually attend the I-29 Dairy Beef Short Course. The webinar, set for March 23, features a morning session from 10 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1 to 3 p.m. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Beth Doran said participants may choose to attend one or both sessions.

While cold stress cannot be completely eliminated for cattle housed in typical outdoor facilities in the Midwest, a new publication from Iowa Beef Center describes management practices to reduce the impact of cold stress on your herd. Iowa State University extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell is one of the authors and said being prepared and knowing how to deal with extreme cold situations is vital.

Colostrum, or first milk, is extremely important for newborn calves. Ingestion of colostrum imparts passive immunity which is necessary to protect calves from infectious disease. This is particularly important in cattle because bovine antibodies are not readily transferred across the placenta, which means that calves are born almost completely unprotected from environmental pathogens and infectious diseases. And Chris Clark, Iowa State University extension beef specialist, said these antibodies are just one in a long list of beneficial components colostrum provides.



ISU extension beef specialist Patrick Wall said the new Cattle in the Green series was developed to meet the needs of beef operations regardless of size. Topics include finances and operational decisions, and how to look for and use simple management changes for better results. This five-part series in Marion County begins Feb. 11. Registration is needed by Feb. 8.

A five-part series set in southeast Iowa is designed to assist with cattle producers with a new way of looking at management and economic decisions for better financial results in their operations. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall created the series and said he looks forward to sharing knowledge and information to help producers find more profit, eliminate money pits and lower stress levels.

The upcoming virtual Driftless Region Conference is packed with timely topics for every beef producer, including livestock health, safety and security. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, lead public health veterinarian for Iowa State University, and Dr. Paul Plummer, Anderson Chair of Veterinary Services at ISU VDPAM will address those topics.

The upcoming virtual Driftless Region Beef Conference will host speaker Dr. Brenda Boetel. Dr. Boetel is the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Professor and Department Chair of Agricultural Economics and UW Madison Division of Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Boetel will give viewers an insight on current market trends and the 2021 agricultural market outlook.

Livestock producers and agribusiness professionals are invited to a webinar discussing climate and weather predictions for the 2021 growing season. The webinar, set for Wednesday, January 20, from noon to 1 p.m., features Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Climate Hub in Ames. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Beth Doran said Todey will bring accurate and important information for those who work with livestock and crop production agriculture.


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