Iowa cattle interests encouraging heifer development
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association, along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center are working together to host nine Heifer Development Clinics in January and February.
As a result of drought in southern states last year and increased beef demand, the U.S. cow herd is at its lowest level since 1973. "We anticipate that beef demand around the world will continue," says Ross Havens, ICA president. "With growing demand and a diminished cow herd, the need for heifer development and retention has increased. The genetic improvements in beef quality, marbling, and feed efficiency make today's replacement heifers even more valuable than in the past."
Discussion at the meetings will cover several technologies that can help increase the productivity and longevity of heifers. Topics include nutrition, management, development budgets, health, synchronization recommendations, bull selection and ultrasound pregnancy evaluation.
The specifics of meetings are listed below. Meetings are being sponsored by local, state, national and international businesses that support cattle farmers. Call the number shown to register before the event as meals will be provided at all locations.
Jan. 25--Rockwell City, Expo Building at Calhoun County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 712-297-8611 (snow date Feb. 1)
Jan. 26--Iowa Falls, Ellsworth College Equestrian Center, 6 p.m., 641-923-2856
Feb. 6--Spencer, Clay County Regional Events Center on Clay County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 712-262-2264 (snow date Feb. 8)
Feb. 7--Postville, Postville Vet Clinic, noon to 4 p.m., 319-472-7939
Feb. 7--Richland, Keokuk County (formerly Richland) Veterinary Clinic, 6 p.m., 641-472-4166
Feb. 7--Stuart, Stuart Vet Clinic, 6 p.m., 641-203-1270
Feb. 9.--Chariton, ISU McNay farm, 6 p.m., 641-203-1270
Feb. 9.--Maquoketa, Jackson County Extension office, noon to 4 p.m., 319-472-7939
Feb. 9.--Bloomfield, Bloomfield Livestock Auction, 6 p.m., 641-472-4166