As interest in managing beef cows in dry lot or under roof management systems increases, local producers and veterinarians are asking for information on comparing different systems. To address this interest and provide timely information and expertise, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has planned a set of three cow facilities and management update sessions in southern Iowa.

Beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the sessions will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4 in Corydon; Monday, Sept. 9 in Anita; and Monday, Sept. 16 in Oskaloosa. All sessions run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and include a meal, provided by Farm Credit Services of America, the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State, and local sponsors.

“We’re bringing Iowa State faculty and staff as presenters of a variety of informational topics on the beef cow operation, from feeder calf market outlook to health management concerns and recommendations,” Sellers said. “Each session will feature the same topics by the same presenters.”

Sellers and fellow Iowa State Extension beef program specialist Clark will present comparisons of three cow management systems, including pros and cons of each. Sellers also will talk with attendees about whether they can justify building a facility for wintering and calving cows, and Clark will offer cattle health management recommendations. Iowa State University ag economist Lee Schulz will present information on feeder calf market outlook and cow-calf business prospects.

All three sessions are offered at no charge, but preregistrations must be made by the Friday prior to the session to be attended. Session dates, specific locations and preregistration information are as follows.

  • Sept. 4, Corydon, Event Center southwest corner of the square. Call Wayne County Extension office 641-872-1755 by Friday, Aug. 30.
  • Sept. 9, Anita, Anita Veterinary Clinic. Call Stuart-Anita Veterinary Clinics 515-523-1755 or 712-752-4193 by Friday, Sept. 6.
  • Sept. 16, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County Extension Office. Call Mahaska County Extension Office 641-673-5841 by Friday, Sept. 13.

For more information, see the update sessions flyer or contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email to


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