Iowa State University's Iowa Beef Center is offering the 21st annual "Update for Veterinarians" on Wednesday, May 20, at the McNay Memorial Research Farm near Chariton in south central Iowa. The full day of education will focus on beef herd management, genetics, bull fertility, cow reproduction, grazing and disease updates.
Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, is organizing the event and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the event.
Knowledgeable speakers will discuss timely beef cattle topics
"Our featured speaker is Dr. Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska who will update us on research they are doing on drylot cow-calf production. Our other speakers have Iowa State connections, including faculty and staff from veterinary medicine and animal science," Sellers says. "This is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get acquainted with these folks and their areas of expertise. This year the program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credits."
The veterinarian update includes eight presentations and a group discussion at the end. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with sessions running from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration by May 15 is $60 per person. Registrations after May 15 and those registering onsite will pay $80. Lunch is provided, served by Cater 2 U.
Presentation topics and speakers
Drylotting Beef Cows and Calves: Dr. Rick Rasby, beef cow specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
EHD, Bluetongue, Anaplasmosis and BVD Disease Update: Dr. Grant Dewell, beef veterinarian, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VD-PAM), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Iowa State University Pyrethrin / Bull Fertility Study: Dr. Tyler Dohlman, adjunct instructor for Theriogenology, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VD-PAM), Iowa State University
Troubleshooting Southern Iowa Beef Herds: Dr. Steve Ensley, Senior Clinician, VDL-Toxicology, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VD-PAM), Iowa State University
Beef Synchronization Update – Advantages of Artificial Insemination, ISU Pyrethrin / Bull Fertility Study and Impact of Mineral / Vitamin Status on Reproduction: Patrick Gunn, Beef Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
Managing Fescue: Joe Sellers, beef specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
Beef Genetics Update: Patrick Wall, beef specialist, ISU Extension
Registration information: The event brochure with a registration form is available on the Iowa Beef Center website at iowabeefcenter.org/ . For more information contact either Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270, [email protected] or the ISU Extension Lucas County office at 641-774-2016 or [email protected]. The McNay farm is located at 45249 170th Ave., Chariton. For directions see ag.iastate.edu/farms/mcnay.php or call the farm directly at 641-766-6465.
The Iowa Beef Center at ISU was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state's beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine. IBC works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC visit iowabeefcenter.org.