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Game changer for beef operations, drought aftermath

Nov 19, 2012

As cow calf and feedlot operators continue to deal with drought-related issues, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center will continue to offer educational opportunities to address ongoing and emerging issues. A “Drought – a Game Changer for Beef Operations” meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Washington County Extension Office. The meeting will look at strategies those in the beef industry may consider as they move forward.

Meeting topics were determined by the needs of producers dealing with drought issues. Those topics include the following:

• With corn costs relatively high, producers are searching for ways to reduce corn use but still maintain performance.

• Chemically treating lower-quality forages and supplementing the forage or drought- stressed corn silage will be a part of the discussion.

• A situation update on beef outlook, current beef supply and demand, and feed price outlook will also be provided by Lee Schulz, extension livestock economist, via a recorded presentation.

• A short update on precipitation outlook will be provided by Elwynn Taylor, extension climatologist, via a recorded presentation.

• The meetings also will give an introduction to planning for next year and beyond for beef producers, and highlight factors producers should be considering.

There will be a per-person fee payable at the door to cover refreshments and other miscellaneous cost. For more information and to register contact Washington County Extension at 319-653-4811 or <nadrian@iastate.edu>.

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