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Improve Your Grazing System This Year

Improve Your Grazing System This Year

A workshop offered on May 17 and 18 will help cattle producers understand fescue management and forage-based diet supplementation. Any interested beef producers are invited to attend this grazing systems program, to be offered at two locations in southern Iowa.

Beef producers interested in learning the latest on fescue management and forage-based diet supplementation will want to attend one of two grazing systems workshops in southern Iowa. They will be held May 17 and 18. The program brochure with more details on topics and speakers is available on the Iowa Beef Center  website.

Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers says both sessions will have the same speakers and content, so people can choose the most convenient location and date. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Osceola and Wednesday, May 18, at the Wayne County Courthouse in Corydon. Both begin at 7 p.m.

Fescue toxicity continues to create problems for Iowa beef herds

"Our featured speaker is Craig Roberts from the University of Missouri. He'll review the various management practices that reduce health problems and increase cattle production on fescue pastures," Sellers says. "Fescue toxicosis continues to create problems in Iowa beef herds, particularly where producers have pastures with longer rest periods than normal, resulting in mature fescue with higher alkaloid levels."

Another topic to be covered is "What grazing systems fit your farm?" Roberts will help producers determine which grazing systems may work for their operations. Sellers will present information on supplementing forage-based diets and will lead a question-answer session on local issues.

Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at

Also on May 18, an "Update for Veterinarians" program is planned

Veterinarians who work with cattle are invited to sharpen their skills and learn the latest information on a variety of topics at a May 18 workshop in southern Iowa. The 18th annual "Update for Veterinarians" will focus on topics of specific interest to beef practitioners, says ISU Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers who's organizing the event at the ISU McNay Research Farm.

"Our featured speaker is Craig Roberts from the University of Missouri and he'll review management practices that reduce health problems and increase cattle production on fescue pastures," Sellers says. The program also will include results from a cow feeding trial at McNay farm, the Iowa Beef Center's hay quality survey, sessions on disease, euthanasia, grazing systems and coproduct feeding. In addition to Roberts and Sellers, other ISU presenters at the veterinarians' workshop are Grant Dewell, Mary Drewnoski and Renee Dewell.

"The Iowa Beef Center at ISU and ISU Extension have put together a great program of current topics and presenters, and it's been approved for six hours of continuing education credits," says Sellers. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first of four morning sessions starting at 9 a.m. Three more sessions will follow lunch. Those who preregister by May 12 will pay $50 per person which includes the noon meal. Pre-registrations after May 12 and walk-ins will cost $70.

A brochure with registration form is available on the IBC website. For information, call Sellers at 641-203-1270 or contact him by email at

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