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.