Reducing cow feed costs using cropland is priority of Three-State Beef Conference

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the Three-State Beef Conference set for Jan. 15 to 17, 2019, with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. This conference provides beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics, and is planned and offered through a cooperative effort of extension beef specialists from these three states. Erika Lundy, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the program is designed to meet current needs of producers.

“The 2019 conference will focus on reducing cow winter feed costs through optimizing the use of cropland,” Lundy said. “Topics this year are especially timely considering the 2018 weather challenges which limited opportunities for producers to harvest high-quality feedstuffs.”

Featured presenters are Mary Drewnoski and Kristen Ulmer both from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Eric Bailey from University of Missouri.

Drewnoski, beef systems specialist at UNL, will open the program with, “Filling in the gaps: using annual forages to meet late fall and early spring forage needs.” Following the evening meal, UNL extension beef systems educator Ulmer will speak on “Opportunities and management of corn residue for beef cattle.” Bailey, state beef nutritionist at MU will round out the program with his presentation, “Silage as the primary winter feed for beef cows.”

The conference is a traveling program, offered three times in three different locations. At each site, registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal and copy of the presentations. Preregistrations are appreciated by Jan. 11, to help with meal planning.

The first session of the conference, Jan. 15, is the Iowa location in Greenfield at the Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square. To register for this session, contact Kathy Rohrig at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Adair County at 641-743-8412 or [email protected].

The Jan. 16 session is in Missouri at 411 Court, Savannah. The Jan. 17 session is in Nebraska at 620 1st St., Syracuse.

The conference brochure has agenda information and a registration form.

For Iowa information, contact either ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark at 712-250-0070 or email at [email protected] or Erika Lundy at 641-743-8412 or [email protected].