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.
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.
Iowa State University Extension & Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District are hosting a Beef Facilities Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to producers who are considering feeding cattle under roof. It will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, from 9:30 – Noon at the Clinton Community College Campus in Maquoketa located at 501 West Washington Street.
The major focus of the meeting will be to compare and contrast mono-slope deep bed pack barns, slatted floor deep pit barns, and hoop buildings. Speakers for the program include Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State University beef Specialist on facility comparison and management; Dr. Greg Brenneman, ISU Extension Agricultural Engineer, on manure from different types of facilities and it’s economic value; and Lori Schnoor, Jackson County District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on water quality improvements to feedlots and funding available. A panel of producer will also discuss their experience with different types of facilities.
The meeting is free, and is open to any interested producer. For more information on the program contact Lori Schnoor at the Jackson County NRCS office at 563-652-2337 ext. 3.
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???