Speakers and topics listed below are currently scheduled to appear. The planning committee reserves the right to make program adjustments based on speaker availability.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
|12:30 pm||Registration and check-in|
|1:00||Welcome, introductions and recognition of sponsors|
The unique upper Midwest grain and beef system - Jerry Hatfield, director, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames, Iowa
Midwestern agriculture was founded on the integration of crop and livestock systems where the crop fed the animal and the manure provided the nutrients for the crops. This same integration exists today but now we tend to consider crop and livestock production as separate systems rather than an integrated puzzle. How will the Midwest benefit from this integrated agriculture system in the future?
What did Discovery Farms learn about nutrient and sediment loss from studying a Wisconsin beef and cash grain farm? - Amber Radatz and Mark Riechers, University of Wisconsin-Discovery Farms Program
The University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms Program conducted a seven year study on a beef and cash grain farm in Southwestern Wisconsin. The study included incremental soil testing on several occasions, and water quality monitoring at three different in-field stations. Major lessons learned on this farm include the impact of eliminating tillage and reducing runoff losses, and the importance of day to day management decisions, especially in regards to manure management. We learned that farmers can better manage manure when armed with the best information available and the flexibility to apply that knowledge to daily decisions.
Formulating Cover Crop Mixes to Meet Grazing Needs - Eric Mousel, University of Minnesota Extension
Not all cover crops are created equal. Different cover crop species serve different purposes in terms of balancing nutrient recycling, grazing performance and cost. This seminar will address how different cover crop species accomplish these goals and how to formulate mixes to achieve objectives.
Engineering aspects of feed material storage & handling – Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin Extension Ag Engineer.
Dr. Holmes will discuss considerations for handling and storage of alternative feeds particularly by-products and other commodities. He will also include aspects of storing wet feeds and forages such as silages, haylage and baleage.
Unique and non-traditional feedstuffs - Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
What are some of the options for feedstuffs that are unique or non-traditional? Much interest has been generated in upgrading crop residues through alkali treatment, silage, other treatments, or grazing. What are the tradeoffs as feed prices moderate? Are there other ways to utilize the corn crop, including enhanced utilization of corn silage?
New uses of stover - Travis Meteer, University of Illinois
Comparing stalklage, harvested following high moisture corn harvest, to corn silage and hay as an alternative feed for beef cows. The discussion will include nutrient analysis of feedstuffs, harvesting methods, and some preliminary feeding trial results.
|5:30||Break and check into hotel rooms|
|6:00||Social time, meet the sponsors|
Farmer panel on stretching the grazing season, with a focus on using cover crops, stockpile grazing, or incorporating annuals. Moderated by Eric Mousel.
Friday, January 31, 2014
|6:30 am||Continental breakfast|
|7:30||Breakout session 1 (select one)|
1) Fine Tuning Feedlot Rations - Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
What are ideal rations today with the current changes in corn price, including forage levels, byproducts, and how to be nimble as feed prices change. Dr. Erickson explains updated research on how best to fine tune finishing diets with ever changing feed prices.
2) Beef Cows in Confinement - Patrick Gunn and Lee Schulz, Iowa State University (2-hour session)As interest increases in managing beef cows in dry lot or under roof management systems, information is needed to compare the different systems. This seminar will present comparisons of differing beef cow management systems. Economic, production, and health management considerations will be highlighted.
|8:30||Breakout session 2 (select one)|
1) iowa State University Feedlot Monitoring Program - Garland Dahlke, Iowa State University
Feedyard accounting software has been supported by the ISU Beef Extension since 1982. The software has changed to accommodate both the needs of the feedyard and the available on-farm computing technology over the years. Now spurred on by a sweeping change in off-the-shelf computer processors as well as some demand for in-yard, individual animal tracking an update to this software has been released. An over view of the program and its features is the focus of this presentation along with a revival of the former ISU Feedyard Benchmark reporting.
|2) Beef Cows in Confinement - continues from Session 1|
|9:45||Breakout session 3 (select one)|
1) Health and nutritional strategies for managing incoming feedlot cattle - Nicole (Kenney) Rambo, University of Minnesota Extension
With feeder cattle prices at historic highs, reducing morbidity and improving performance during the receiving period is more important than ever. This seminar will focus on exploring the opportunities for tailoring receiving protocols based on cattle source and disease risk.
2) Effect of Calving Date on Longevity and Lifetime Productivity of Heifers - Eric Mousel, University of Minnesota ExtensionCow longevity is a critical component of long-term profitability for cow-calf outfits. However, predicting longevity at the time of replacement heifer selection is difficult. This seminar will present replacement heifer selection criteria for longevity based on research conducted on commercial herds in South Dakota and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE.
Cattle Market Outlook: 2014 and beyond – Lee Schultz, Iowa State University
In the current economic environment cattle producers face numerous challenges that place constraints on the ability of this sector of agriculture to sustainably grow and prosper. Some of these factors include rising and volatile input costs, demand uncertainty, and broader economic influences. With these and other developing influences bombarding producers, and the potential or likelihood of other challenges arising in the future, stakeholders are left pondering the economic situation facing the industry. Cattle production, like agriculture in general, is a notoriously cyclical industry. Given the cattle sector’s previous runs of prosperity as well as challenging times, it is logical to ask what the future might hold. To understand the future outlook, several core fundamentals surrounding supplies, prices and incomes, costs, and demand will be examined.
|11:45||Closing comments and conference adjourns|