News from Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Pork Industry Center

November 17, 2017

by Sherry Hoyer 

Iowa Beef Center

The sixth annual Driftless Region Beef Conference is set for Jan. 25-26, 2018 in Dubuque . This event is provided through cooperative effort of extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and features topics and information that focus on efficient and economic forage and beef production. Read more information in this release.


Sheep producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a field day featuring ewes and cover crops on Nov. 28 in Plymouth County . Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef specialist Beth Doran organized the event and said, "Cover crops have been used to stretch grazing in the fall and early spring for cattle, but less research has been conducted regarding their potential with sheep. This field day features two northwest Iowa sheep producers who actively graze cover crops.”


Iowa Pork Industry Center

Pork producers are committed to making sure their pigs receive proper humane animal care. But despite their best efforts, not every pig will make it to market. IPIC swine specialist J. Erik Potter says a new euthanasia workshop created by Dr. Anna Johnson, associate professor of animal science; Dr. Suzanne Millman, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical science; and the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will address this important issue.