The fungus “ergot” has been found in some areas of Iowa, including smooth brome and some fescue in the southeast and some brome grass in central Iowa. ISU Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell and ISU veterinary toxicologist Steve Ensley have put together a two-page fact sheet that describes ergot poisoning, including identifying pasture or hay samples, recognizing clinical signs in cattle, along with diagnosis, treatment and prevention information. Download the ergot fact sheet from the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine website.
While I’m no longer a beef producer, I’ll always remain a beef consumer. Which is why I get so frustrated when I hear others talk about the high cost of food today. I also get frustrated when I see grocery carts heaped full of preprocessed, junk food and little or now fresh fruit, veggies, meat or dairy foods. That is why I thought I’d share this link about beef costing only about $1 per serving, but providing ten major nutrients. How many other foods can you purchase for $1 per serving that provides so much nutrition???
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will open up state land to haying and grazing to help farmers impacted by severe weather conditions. Haying and grazing can start after July 15th when the primary nesting season for upland birds has been completed.
Farmers interested in this opportunity should contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 515-281-5918.