ISU Extension and Iowa Beef Center Offer Feed Management and Planning Meeting for Beef Producers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:44
Cow calf and feedlot operators continue to deal with drought related issues. ISU Extension and
the Iowa Beef Center have been and will continue to offer a series of educational opportunities
to address these issues. Drought – “A Game Changer for Beef Operations” Strategies to Move
Forward will be held on Nov. 13 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Hurtsville Interpretative Center,
Maquoketa.

“These fall meetings will focus on managing feed costs and alternative feeds for winter
feeding of the cow herd or feedlot” says Denise Schwab, Extension Beef Program Specialist.
“Developing feeding programs that utilize available feeds and keep feed costs in check is the
goal.” 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 also be a part of the discussion. A situation update on
beef outlook, current beef supply and demand, and feed price outlook will also be provided by
Lee Schulz, ISU Extension Livestock Economist via a recorded presentation. A short update on
precipitation outlook will be provided by Dr. Elwynn Taylor via a recorded presentation. The
meetings will also give an introduction to planning for next year and beyond for beef producers
and highlight factors producers should be considering.

Additional meetings are being considered for later in the winter. Topics for these meetings will
be determined as the weather and economic situation develop.

There will be a $10 person fee payable at the door to cover refreshments and other miscellaneous
cost. To find other meeting locations in the state contact your local county extension office,
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, or go to www.iowabeefcenter.org to find a listing of all dates and
locations.
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