As cow-calf and feedlot operators continue to deal with drought related challenges, Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center at Ames are offering another series of educational opportunities to address ongoing and emerging issues.
"Drought – a Game Changer for Beef Operations" is the title of a series of meetings to be held Nov. 6 to Dec. 6 across Iowa. The meetings will look at strategies that people in the beef cattle industry may consider as they move forward.
"These meetings this fall will focus on managing feed costs and using alternative feeds for fall and winter feeding for the cow herd or for feedlot use," says Russ Euken, beef cattle specialist with ISU Extension. "Developing feeding programs that use available feeds and keep feed costs in check is the goal."
Meeting topics are determined by the needs of producers dealing with drought issues. Topics include the following:
* With corn costs relatively high, producers are searching for ways to reduce corn use but still maintain performance.
* Chemically treating lower quality forages and supplementing the forage or drought stressed corn silage will be a part of the discussion.
* A situation update on beef outlook, current beef supply and demand, and feed price outlook will be provided by Lee Schulz, Extension livestock economist, via a recorded presentation.
* A short update on precipitation outlook will be provided by Elwynn Taylor, Extension climatologist, via a recorded presentation.
* The meetings also will give an introduction to planning for next year and beyond for beef producers and highlight factors producers should be considering.
Winter meetings covering additional topics are being considered. Topics for these meetings will be determined as the weather and economic situation develop.
Feed management & planning meetings for beef producers begin Nov. 6
To find a November or December meeting location near you, contact any county ISU Extension office, or the Iowa Cattlemen's Association in Ames, or go to the Iowa Beef Center website to find a listing of all dates and locations. There is a $10 per person fee payable at the door to cover refreshments and other miscellaneous cost. This fee could vary at individual sites.
Meeting dates and locations
Nov. 6 Ames: Iowa Cattlemen's Headquarters – 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 Maquoketa: Hurtsville Interpretative Center – 1 p.m.
Nov. 13 Carroll: Carroll County Extension office –6:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 Garner: Hancock County Extension office – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 Chariton: ISU McNay Research Farm – 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 Brandon: Community Center – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Osage: Mitchell County Extension office – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Estherville: Northstar Bank, 220 Central Ave. – 1:30-4 p.m.
Nov. 14 Knoxville: Marion County Extension office – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Badger: Community Building – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Postville: Vet Clinic – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 LeMars: Plymouth County Extension office, 251 12 St. SE – 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 19 Conrad: American Legion – 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Dumont: Library – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Castana: ISU Research & Demonstration Farm, 36515 Hwy E-34 – 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 Storm Lake: Buena Vista County Extension office, 824 Flindt Dr. – 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 20 Villisca: Villisca Community Building, 207 South 3rd Ave. – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 Houghton: Pilot Grove Savings Bank – 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 Atlantic: Cass County Extension office – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 Moravia: Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene – 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 Winterset: Madison County Extension office – 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 Washington: Washington County Extension office – 7p.m.
Dec. 6 Mt. Ayr: Ringgold County Extension office – 6:30 p.m.