Timely information for Iowa beef producers will be available at a number of meetings across Iowa during January. Anyone who is interested is urged to attend. As explained in the following listing of these events, pre-registration is often requested.
NORTHWEST IOWA BEEF BONANZA: Iowa youth in grades 4 and up interested in beef cattle are invited to the "2014 Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza" on Jan. 18 at the Iowa Lakes Community College campus in Emmetsburg. The program offers hands-on learning about Iowa beef production, getting the best product for your efforts and learning ways to increase fair exhibit quality of beef projects. Plus, ISU farm superintendent Marshall Ruble will lead a session on halter breaking a calf in 30 minutes or less. Cost is $5 per youth with a $10 family maximum for the daylong program, with accompanying adults welcome at no charge. See more info and a link to the brochure. Registrations due by Jan. 7 and must be accompanied by appropriate fee.
THREE-STATE BEEF CONFERENCE: The 3-State Beef Conference will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Southwestern Community College in Creston. Chris Clark, beef program specialist with Iowa State University Extension, says the conference agenda has information for cow-calf, stocker and feedlot operations. Preregister by Jan. 10.
FEEDLOT FORUM 2014: Cattle feeders and agri-business professionals are invited to attend Feedlot Forum 2014, a day-long program on Jan. 21 at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The forum features educational components on timely issues affecting Northwest Iowa feedlot producers and a trade show displaying new products in animal health, beef nutrition and facilities. Preregister by Jan. 15.
WEST CENTRAL IOWA BEEF FORUM: The West Central Iowa Beef Cattle Forum will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the American Legion in Arcadia. ISU Extension beef specialist Chris Clark says the conference agenda includes several timely topics and offers information for feedlot, stocker, and cow/calf producers. Preregister by Jan. 17.
CORNBELT COW-CALF CONFERENCE: The ever-popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state's beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Patrick Wall said this year's conference, set for Jan. 18 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition. No preregistration needed.
DRIFTLESS REGION BEEF CONFERENCE: The Extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have teamed up to offer the 2014 Driftless Region Beef Conference. It is set for Jan. 30 and 31 at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Register by Jan. 22 to take advantage of early fee rate of $80.
HEIFER DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS: Keeping young cows in the herd is challenging for today's cattle producers, but it's a necessary part of planning for profitability. That's why the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is partnering with Iowa Cattlemen's Association to offer "Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment" in several Iowa locations over the next several weeks.