Feeding dairy steers has been common on northeast and east central Iowa farms and others are looking at dairy steers with supplies of feeder cattle being low.
An educational conference on feeding dairy steers will be the focus of two Extension programs in NE Iowa, Aug. 6 in Monticello and Aug. 7 in Cresco.
Dr. Lee Schultz, ISU Extension livestock economist, will discuss the current feeder calf availability including both beef and dairy calves, as well as share his outlook on the fed cattle market and profitability in the feedlot industry. Dr. Dan Loy, ISU beef specialist, will discuss the use of growth promoting technologies such as implants, ionophores and beta-agonists in dairy beef steers and their impacts on marketing options.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Steven Rust from Michigan State University, speaking on its research and experience in feeding Holstein steers for the beef market. His research includes feeding systems, rations and housing for Holstein beef steers.
Another featured speaker will be Shawn Walter from Professional Cattle Consultants(PCC) at Hydro, Oklahoma. Shawn will share some of their closeout and performance data comparing Holstein to beef cattle. PCC has over 35 years of feedlot data with over 120 million head of cattle in their database, and it currently represents over 2.5 million head of feeding capacity from more than 100 feedyards.
Dr. Darren Katzung, DVM, with Southwest Vet Services in Wisconsin, specializes in dairy calf health and will share his experiences with calf health and its impact on feedyard performance. A panel on marketing fed dairy beef will discuss the options and preferences of packers.
Both programs will begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. The Aug. 6 session will be at the Jones County Extension office in Monticello, and the August 7 session will be at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Cresco. Registration for the event is $20 to cover the lunch and materials.
To register for the program in Monticello contact Denise Schwab at the Benton County Extension office, 319-472-4739 or email@example.com. For the Cresco meeting contact Sue Barnes at the Howard County office 563-547-3001 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call by August 2 to ensure adequate meals.