News from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University

January 10, 2018

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the Three-State Beef Conference set for Jan. 16, 17 and 18, 2018, with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

A two-day cow-calf short course combining classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by the Iowa Beef Center in Ames on Feb. 6-7. The program will instruct advanced cattlemen in areas specific to beef cow nutrition, reproduction and calving management, and is limited to the first 30 registrants.

A new "Crush Margin" app for beef and swine producers is now available. The app was developed as part of a North Central Region Risk Management Education grant for livestock price risk management education, and uses data from the ISU Livestock Crush Margin website. ISU extension livestock specialist Russ Euken and ISU Extension livestock economist Lee Schulz developed the app to assist producers in evaluating margins and taking advantages of profitable opportunities.

The upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference, set for Jan. 25-26 in Dubuque will spotlight several big picture issues facing the beef industry, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Don’t delay - the lower early registration fee ends at midnight, Jan. 12 .