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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.

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.

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.

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.

Two northeast Iowa locations will host the four-part Boots in the Barn series in February and March. This program is for women dairy and beef producers and will be held in Edgewood and Decorah. Each date at both locations will have a dairy session from 1-3 p.m. and a beef session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. See more information on the program topics, speakers, specific locations and registration.





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Denise Schwab in The Cattleman Magazine.

Denise Schwab, interim IBC director, writes this monthly column featured in Iowa Cattleman Magazine.

February 2024

February is another very busy month for the Iowa Beef Center. We have several Boots in the Barn sessions schedule for women in the cattle business, a grid marketing program, manure applicator trainings, and a new Feedlot Webinar series. Several of us will also be involved in the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council meeting Feb. 6 at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

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Iowa Cow-Calf Commentary

Iowa Beef Center and extension cow-calf specialist Randie Culbertson writes the "Iowa Cow-Calf Commentary" featured in the Iowa Cattleman Magazine.

February 2024

Breeding objectives: The genetic business plan for your herd
A business plan is often used as a road map to achieve success. It allows the operation to articulate the business mission and helps to define the company's goals while identifying potential opportunities and challenges. Developing a comprehensive business plan requires understanding the business landscape and markets while providing the business with a strategic plan for sustained growth.

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