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Driftless region beef conference planned

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have teamed up to offer a Driftless Region beef conference. The conference will be Jan. 30-31 at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque.

It will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production.

The driftless region includes beautiful rolling hills, clean streams and karst soil topography.  Conservation of soils and protection of waters are best accomplished with much of the land seeded to forage production and including cattle into the system to consume these forages.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 30 and run till 11:45 a.m. Jan. 31. Programs will focus on the competitive advantage of grain and beef production systems, with an evening discussion focused on extending the grazing season with cover crops and annuals. Other topics will be discussed in three breakout sessions for feedlot operations and three for cow herds. Breakout sessions for cow herds include the economics and management of feeding cows in confinement and the effect of calving date on lifetime productivity of heifers. Feedlot sessions include forage levels in finishing diets with variable corn prices, introduction of the ISU Feedlot Monitoring program, and health and nutrition management for incoming feeders.

Registration for the conference is $80 before Jan. 15 or $100 thereafter. Go to to register.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the University of Minnesota Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. For more information or to receive a brochure, call Denise Schwab at 319-721-9624.

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