To events of interest to beef cattle producers in Iowa will be held this coming week. Both events will offer the latest information and ideas for helping producers improve cattle production and grazing management.
SEPTEMBER 7: The 2013 Iowa Hereford Tour, sponsored by the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association will be held Saturday, September 7, in Butler, Hardin and Marshall Counties in central Iowa. The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Stickley & Sons, 32154 Newell Ave., near Parkersburg.
The 45-cow operation run by Russ, Nathan and Irene Stickley uses artificial insemination extensively to breed functional, high performance cattle. Coffee and donuts will be served to attendees. Participants will then journey to Double J Herefords, 23677 195th St., Iowa Falls, to see the herd that Kevin and Lynn Johnson started in 1979 and from which bulls and heifers have been sold to customers in Iowa and all surrounding states as well as Mexico.
At noon a Dutch treat lunch will be served, followed by the IHBA's annual meeting, where four new directors will be elected and Jack Johnson of Milford, will be inducted into the Iowa Hereford Hall of Fame. Tours of Maryln Johnson's Country View Llamas will be offered for guests not wishing to attend the IHBA business meeting.
Public is invited to attend any or all of annual Hereford breeders tour
Following lunch, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the group will visit Landt Herefords, 33848 W Ave., near Union, Iowa. Steve and Jinny Landt established their herd in 1981 and continued building it as their daughters, Erin and Adrienne, started showing in 4-H and the junior Hereford association. They have had numerous champions and class winners on both the state and national level.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Final stop at approximately 3:30 p.m. will be Ohrt Polled Herefords, 3045 Newby Ave., Haverhill. Mark Ohrt began his herd in 1974 as a 4-H project and now also maintains a small group of commercial Polled Hereford crossbreds. Also on display will be cattle from the Tim Pansegrau family's P-5 Ranch at Gilman. Guests will enjoy ice cream at the close of the day.
The public is invited to attend all or part of the 2013 IHBA tour. Door prizes will be awarded at each stop. For more directions, additional information or lunch reservations, contact Mark Ohrt at 641-328-4533.
McNay Research Farm Field Day set for Sept.10 near Chariton in southern Iowa
SEPTEMBER 10: The annual Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm fall field day is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, southwest of Chariton. Crops and grazing research is the focus of the event with Iowa State faculty, staff and graduate students presenting information.
Registration begins at 4 p.m. at the farm headquarters; the program starts at 4:30 p.m. ISU Extension field agronomist Mark Carlton and ISU beef specialist Joe Sellers will lead discussions on alfalfa production and will explain the alfalfa plots as part of their annual forage crop demonstration.
Crops and grazing research will be covered, along with other timely topics
Dan Loy and Patrick Gunn, ISU Extension beef specialists, will provide updates on the multi-state beef feed efficiency project and a beef breeding project update. Steve Barnhart, forage agronomist with ISU Extension will talk about fescue renovation recommendations, and Iowa State students Laura Daniels and Justin Bisinger will describe the status of current grazing projects.
A free dinner prepared by the Lucas County Cattlemen's Association will be served at the farm headquarters. The McNay farm is located at 45249 170th Ave., near Chariton in south central Iowa. For directions to the facility, see the farm Web page or call the farm office at 641-766-6565. For more information about the field day program, contact Sellers at 641-203-1270 or email@example.com.