A short course that combines classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by Iowa State University Extension on Jan. 27 in southwest Iowa.
The course will instruct cattle producers in areas specific to beef calving management, cow nutrition and financial management. The program will be held at the Cass County Community Center at 805 W. 10th St. in Atlantic. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with the program running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for cattlemen and women to enhance their management skills going into the 2020 calving season,” says Erika Lundy, ISU Extension beef specialist. “The program will feature a hands-on dystocia demonstration session using a life-size calving simulator. We’ll also have other sessions focused on planning for newborn calf health management and processing, and we will offer calving season first-aid tips.”
Other short course topics include a discussion focused on beef cow economics, record keeping and benchmarking tips, and the importance of beef cow nutrition during lactation leading up to breeding season.
Speakers for the Southwest Iowa Cow-Calf Short Course include:
- Tyler Dohlman, DVM, professor of vet diagnostic and production animal science at Iowa State University
- Nate Hansen, local veterinarian from Anita Veterinary Clinic
- Beth Reynolds, program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University
- Erika Lundy, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach
Registration for the course is $10 and includes materials and supplies. Lunch will also be provided, thanks to sponsorship from Merck Animal Health. Registration is requested by Jan. 24, by calling the ISU Extension Cass County office at 712-243-1132 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.