A one-day “Beef Facilities Conference” will be held Nov. 21 to share current research findings and discuss building management and cattle performance. The conference, a cooperative effort of ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, South Dakota State University (SDSU), USDA Agricultural Research Service and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will be held at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“The purpose of the conference is two-fold,” said Doran. “Morning sessions feature environmental research with these facilities; afternoon sessions focus on building management and cattle performance.”
Darrell Mark from SDSU has an interesting article on the prospects for increased heifer retention in 2013. The IBC team is planning a second series of heifer development programs for this winter focused on the time from first conception through calving to second conception. These meetings will be next January and February across the state. Let us know your plans for retaining heifers or growing your cow herd in 2014 and beyond.
If you haven’t already noticed, we are pushing the Emergency category for heat stress today and throughout the week. Remember that water and shade are our two best friends this week, for cattle and us both!
If you don’t already have the Heat Stress predicter bookmarked on your web browser or cell phone, now is a good time to add it.
How do monoslope beef barns compare to open feedlots in terms of air quality? What sort of emissions are coming from these buildings and at what levels? To find out the answers to these and more, join us for Friday’s (July 19) webcast on monoslope beef barns. This webcast will highlight the results of air quality research being done in and around several barns in South Dakota and Iowa. The webcast will be held at 2:30 pm (eastern); 1:30 pm (central); 12:30 pm (mountain) and 11:30 am (pacific). One of the featured speakers is our own Beth Doran from NW Iowa. Check it out! It will also be archived for viewing later if you miss it on Friday.