Southwest Iowa cow-calf short course focuses on calving management

A short course that combines both classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Jan. 27. Iowa State extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said this course will instruct cattle producers in areas specific to beef calving management, cow nutrition and financial management.

The program will be held at the at the Cass Co. Community Center at 805 W. 10th St. in Atlantic. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the program running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for cattlemen and women to enhance their management skills going into the 2020 calving season,” Lundy said. “The program will feature a hands-on dystocia demonstration session utilizing a life-size calving simulator, and other sessions will focus on planning for newborn calf health management and processing and calving season first aid tips.”

Other short course topics include a discussion focused on beef cow economics, record keeping and benchmarking tips, and the importance of beef cow nutrition during lactation leading up to breeding season.  

Speakers for the workshop are:

  • Dr. Tyler Dohlman, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State;
  • Dr. Nate Hansen, local veterinarian from Anita Veterinary Clinic;
  • Beth Reynolds, ISU extension program specialist; and
  • Erika Lundy, ISU extension beef specialist.

Registration for the course is $10 and includes materials and supplies. Lunch is provided thanks to sponsorship from Merck Animal Health.  Registration is requested by Jan. 24 by calling the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or emailing [email protected].  For questions about the course, please contact the Cass County extension office or view the program flyer.