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INCOME SOURCE: As dairy and beef producers cope with poor profitability, focusing on how to increase margins with bull calves can help.

Bull calf focus of 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course

Increasing the value of bull calves can benefit dairy farmers, cattle feeders and beef processors.

The 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course, held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo, will focus on the value of dairy beef bull calves in today's marketplace. As dairy and beef producers continue to struggle, increasing the value of bull calves can help.

Iowa State University dairy specialist Fred Hall says this year's short course will provide a wealth of information. It's set for March 26 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Extension presentations
The program agenda features three topics and presenters in the morning:

  • “Realizing Full Value in Holstein Steers,” Daniel Schaefer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Considerations for Choosing Beef Genetics to Use in Dairy Herds,” Warren Rusche, SDSU
  • “Dairy Cattle Impact on Beef Supply and Marketing Opportunities,” Brenda Boetel, University of Wisconsin

After the noon break for lunch and sponsor messages, Russ Daly of SDSU will speak on "Enhancing the Value of Your Dairy Beef Bull Calf to Meet Health Concerns." Following that, a roundtable discussion on "Building a Carcass for the Future" will be offered with these panel members:

  • Jerry Wulf, Wulf Cattle Co., Morris, Minn.
  • Kent Pruismann, Rock River Feeders, Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Erik Loe, nutritional consultant for Midwest PMS, Sioux Center
  • Duane Broek, Select Sires representative, Watertown, S.D.

Register before March 20
The $20 registration fee includes educational materials, refreshments and lunch. Register before March 20 deadline.

There is no charge for parking or for attending the Dairy Expo. The short course is hosted by the I-29 Moo University consortium, a collaboration of university Extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. For more Iowa information, contact Fred Hall by phone at 712-737-4230 or email

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 ISU Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

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