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It seems that March 1 officially starts the calving season for many herds, and I’ve heard from several producers that some are seeing calves earlier than anticipated. That may be a good thing considering what impact cold weather has on calf birth weights. UNL researched this in the 1990′s and showed that for every one degree below normal average temperatures we see about a 1 pound increase in calf birth weights. Be prepared to assist cows and especially heifers that appear to be slow in delivery this year. Check this article for reminders about the details and a link to the original research work.
Iowa Farm Bureua Federation will be holding “Iowa Livestock: Managing Risk, Capturing Opportunities,” at three locations.
• Wednesday, February 26 – Osceola, Lakeside Hotel Casino, 777 Casino Drive
• Thursday, February 27- Independence, Heartland Acres Agribition Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd.
• Friday, February 28 – Cherokee, Western Iowa Tech Community College, 200 Victory Drive
Topics include livestock market situations and outlook, meat export update, environmental compliance presentation, livestock marketing arrangements, and production and animal health seminars for both cattle and pork. The conference begins at 10 a.m.. Lunch is included and the conference will adjourn at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is free for Farm Bureau members, $10 for non-members, and $20 for all at the door. Pre-registration is open through Feb. 25; however early registration is encouraged to help with meal planning.
You now have the opportunity to become BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) Certified through an online course from Feb. 6 through April 15. Boehringer Ingelheim is covering the cost for the training-which is usually $25 to $50 per person.
Use the code BIVIBQA for your payment method as you register. Upon registering for the training, complete Beef Quality Assurance-Cattle Care module or one of the other 18 available.