Have you thought through your resolutions for 2014? As usual, mine is to attempt to lose weight and keep up on my bookwork, again. We usually tend to think about what we personally plan to do, but seldom think about what our contribution to our beef industry should be for the next year. Dr. Glen Grimes from Ohio has a few good suggestions to consider for the beef industry in 2014. How can you contribute to our industry on these five resolutions?
Each year Extension specialists in Iowa receive questions about cash rental rates for buildings used for livestock production and storage of crops and machinery. Landowners and tenants would benefit from knowing what typical rental rates are for various structures and facilities when developing farm lease agreements. We would like your help with a new survey being carried out by Extension farm management specialists in the north central region of the U.S.
If you are renting livestock facilities, storage structures or rural housing from an owner, or own such facilities and are renting them to farm operators, please take a few minutes to complete our on-line survey by going to the following link: Farm Building Lease Survey. The questionnaire is structured so that you can branch directly to the questions that relate to the particular type of building for which you have rental information. It should take only a few minutes to answer. Your name will not be connected to the information provided in any way. Results of the survey will be posted at http://aglease101.org/. We would like to complete the survey by December 31.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
Extension Farm Management Specialist (retired)
Iowa State University
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.