The Three-State Beef Conference is designed to provide beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics. Iowa State University extension beef specialists Erika Lundy-Woolfolk and Chris Clark are Iowa organizers of the annual event, and say the content is based on prior attendee feedback and current industry economic conditions.
"The committee pursued topics that we feel will help cattlemen get more bang for their buck," Lundy-Woolfolk said. "This is reflected in this year's theme, 'Reevaluating Today’s Management Practices for Future Success.'”
The conference has locations in each of the three cooperating states Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, and people can attend whichever site best fits their schedule. All locations have registration at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6 p.m., and all follow the same schedule. The Iowa location is second in the series, and will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield.
In the first presentation, Mary Drewnoski will share some recent data from a grazing corn residue study at University of Nebraska—Lincoln that was funded by the Iowa State Beef Checkoff program. The other two topics will share tips and best management practices focused on proper development of heifers and on continued management through the first couple years of production, with the end goal of facilitating greater cow longevity in the herd.
Topics, speakers and their affiliations are as follows:
- Corn Residue Grazing, Current Recommendations and Adjustments Based on New Data, Dr. Mary Drewnoski, Beef Systems Specialist, University of Nebraska—Lincoln.
- Developing Heifers for the Future, Dr. Kiernan Brandt, Professional Services Technician, Trans Ova Genetics.
- Managing Young Cows for Longevity and Profitability, Dr. Thiago Martins, Assistant Professor in Beef Reproduction Extension and Research, University of Missouri.
The Adair County Cattlemen are sponsors for the Iowa location at Greenfield. The Iowa-specific event flyer has agenda and registration information.
The first session of the 2024 conference will be held in Maryville, Missouri, at the Northwest Technical School on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and the third session is Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Otoe County Fairgrounds in Syracuse, Nebraska.
Preregistration will help with meal plans and in keeping costs down. Please call or email with your registration information by Thursday, Jan. 11. Iowa producers should contact the Adair County Extension office at 641-743-8412 to register. The registration fee is $30 per person, and includes a meal and copy of the conference proceedings.
If you need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform us as soon as possible. For more information, contact your local county university extension office.Click here to see more...