Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Polk Co. 4-H Beef Producers Should take a look...

AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Beef Center is co-sponsoring a pasture walk in Milo, Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, Iowa State University Extension in Warren County, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Warren County Cattlemen’s Association. The walk will take place June 24, 2008, at the Ohnemus Farms, located at 21392 G58 Highway in Milo, Iowa.
The event, which will begin at 6 p.m., will include speakers discussing a variety of topics and a tour of the OhnemusFarms grazing systems. Beef producers, landowners and agribusiness professionals will benefit from the discussionsled by the event’s speakers, including Duane Ohnemus, local producer; Joe Sellers, Iowa Beef Center beef specialist; and Brian Peterson and Nick Morrell from the NRCS.
Discussion topics will range from exploring methods to extend grazing, to managing grass height. Attendees are also encouraged to bring specific questions they have regarding grazing management to receive assistance from these industry experts.
Sellers, one of the event’s speakers, believes the pasture walk, and events like it, are bringing Iowans the knowledge they need at a crucial time for the beef industry. While it’s always important for those involved in beef production to learn money-saving techniques, conditions in Iowa have made this information that much more vital.
“Iowa is rapidly losing pasture and hay acres, and feed costs are rising, so it is critical to manage forages we do haveeffectively,” Sellers said.
The walk is free and attendance is open to everyone, with a meal provided by the Warren County Cattlemen’s Association. For more information, contact Sellers at (641) 203-1270 or Joy Rouse, Warren County Extension education director, at (515) 961-6237.
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It serves as the university’s extension program to cattle producers and is comprised of faculty and staff from ISU Extension and the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Together, the Iowa Beef Center’s members work to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. To learn more, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

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