There has been a lot of progress in beef cattle genetics and genetic tools in the last few years, and Iowa State University (ISU) extension specialists have planned a series of meetings to share this information. Russ Euken, ISU Extension and Outreach livestock specialist, said cow-calf producers who attend would learn how they can make genetic improvements in their herd.

“Applying selection indexes and genomic tools will be presented by Pat Wall, ISU extension beef program specialist from southeast Iowa,” Euken said. “Representatives from Zoetis will describe their available genetic testing tools and how they can be used in conjunction with vaccination strategies.”

ISU beef cow specialist Patrick Gunn will explain the economics of raising or buying replacement heifers, and talk about synchronization programs for artificial insemination. ISU beef field specialists will present information on alternative cow calf systems including grazing and confined or drylot production.

“People can attend any of four meetings scheduled in north central and eastern Iowa,” Euken said. “There’s no fee to attend, but preregistration is required to reserve a meal.”

Dates, times, locations and preregistration contacts:

Feb. 20, 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Garner Pizza Ranch; Hancock County Extension in Garner 641-923-2856

March 3, 5:30 p.m., Vinton Pizza Ranch; Denise Schwab at 319-472-4739

March 4, 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Bear Creek Lodge in Maquoketa; Denise Schwab at 319-472-4739

March 5, 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ellsworth College Agriculture and Renewable Energy Center just south of Iowa Fall on Highway 65; Hardin County Extension in Iowa Falls 641-648-4850