ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Changes in production practices and the impact of the new Farm Bill for cow-calf producers are the focus of three northwest Iowa Cow-Calf Meetings coming up in early-March.
“Weather, new technology and changes in policy affect how cow-calf producers will operate their enterprise,” said Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Field Specialist.
Meetings are scheduled for March 4 at the Plymouth County Extension Office in Le Mars, March 5 at the Sac County Extension Office in Sac City, and March 6 at the Public Library in Rock Rapids. All meetings will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Each “Changes for Cow-Calf” session will feature updates on calving, nutrition, calf and cow health, and management.
“Weather has dramatically reduced feed quality and consequently, cow condition and animal health,” said Doran.
According to Doran, the other big unknown is the effect of the Farm Bill on cow-calf producers. Andrea Lohafer, Jeremy Viles and Ann Byers, conservationists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will visit about conservation measures in the Farm Bill that impact grazing and cost-share programs.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register by Feb. 27 to the ISU Extension and Outreach Office where the meeting will be held. Phone numbers for these sites are as follows: Le Mars – 712-546-7835; Sac City – 712-662-7131; and Rock Rapids – 712-472-2576. Registration is $5 per person and payable at the door.
For more information, please contact Beth Doran at 712-737-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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