There are several livestock related learning events that Iowa cattle and sheep producers need to be aware of, now and in the next few weeks. They are sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University and ISU Extension. Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension livestock specialist, encourages farmers to attend. Click on the following links to find the exact times and locations.
• Bull selection workshops – Advanced Bull Selection Clinics are scheduled for February 23-27 in Iowa. Seven February meetings are scheduled across the predominant cow-calf sector of the state to address the complexity of semen and bull selection.
• Feedlot facility series – The Iowa Beef Center at ISU is offering several workshops across Iowa focusing on choices in feedlot facilities. The 11 meetings will be held at various locations in the state from February 18 to March 25.
• Cow calf workshops – Cow-calf producers are invited to learn about genetic selection and genomics. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach livestock specialists are hosting meetings to share information about making genetic improvements to cow-calf herds. The four meetings will be held Feb. 20 to March 5 at several locations.
• Lambing workshop – A lambing time workshop for sheep producers is offered March 7. This meeting will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on the ISU campus in Ames. It's March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. ISU Extension and Outreach discussion leaders are Dan Morrical, sheep specialist, Joe Sellers, livestock specialist and Ben Stokes, ISU sheep teaching farm manager.
Iowa Beef Center releases "Cattle Bidder" App
In other news from the Iowa Beef Center, cattle feeders, order buyers and bankers now have a tool to help them make cattle buying decisions. Garland Dahlke, ISU Extension beef specialist, says the newly released Cattle Bidder app can help users determine maximum bids on feeder cattle purchases. "The user enters the purchase and sale weights, the expected cost of gain and the desired margin, and the app calculates the maximum purchase price," he said. "It's a simple app, but is handy for buyers who know their cost of gain and expected market price by cattle type. The program also can account for potential death losses.