The Department of Animal Science, Beef Teaching Farm, and Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University recognize the value of that forages and grasslands bring to cow-calf producers and the Iowa landscape. The Fencing and Grazing Clinic will feature a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations showing new fencing technology, farm tours, and programs and resources to help producers make the most of their grazing season.

Clinic objectives

  • Provide opportunity for hands-on learning of fencing materials currently on the market
  • Increase management skills of traditional and nontraditional grazing systems
  • Expose producers to current and ongoing grazing research
  • Learn from peers and local graziers


  • Iowa fencing laws
  • New tools available in fencing
  • Programs and resources to help with your grazing plan
  • ISU research update including annual forages, swath grazing, and paddock renovation
  • Experienced graziers producer panel

COVID-19 Response

We are prioritizing the health and safety of Iowans and are following the most current federal, state, local, and university COVID-19 guidelines. Visit Open for Iowa to learn our protocols to keep Iowans healthy and safe. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when in the presence of others and unable to maintain a six-foot physical distance.

If it becomes necessary to alter the program or cancel this program, attendees will be notified by email as well as notices posted here. Registration fees will be refunded in the event of cancellation or if any individual wishes to cancel their registration.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020
8:30 AM

Check-in and registration - Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center

9:00 am Welcome and introductory comments - Dan Thomson, professor and department chair, Animal Science, Iowa State University
Group 1 - Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
9:45 am Programs to Help Your Grazing Plan – Stacy Prassas, Natural Resource Conservation Services
10:30 am New Tools in Fencing – Brad Cochran, Gallagher
Group 2 - Beef Teaching Farm
9:30 AM Bus departs for Beef Teaching Farm
9:45 AM ISU Grazing Research – David Bruene, ISU Beef Teaching Farm; Beth Reynolds and Erika Lundy, extension beef specialists
  Experienced Graziers Producer Panel – Dave Petty, producer; Randy Gamble, producer; Luke Wilson, Barenbrug
11:45 AM Bus Departs Farm for Hansen Center
12:00 pm Lunch (provided) - Story County Cattlemen
  Answers to Your Fencing Law Questions – Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Iowa State University
1:15 Pm

Groups 1 and 2 rotate tours for the afternoon.

3:45 Pm Closing remarks - Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
4:00 Pm Adjourn



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Registration check-in 8:30 aM.
Program begins at 9:00 aM and concludes at 4:00 pM.


Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
2508 Mortensen Road
Ames, Iowa 50014

Free parking is available in lots surrounding the Learning Center.

Hosted by

Iowa Beef Center

Department of Animal Science

ISU Beef Teaching Farm



AGI Wheatheart

Iowa Forage and Grassland Council

Practical Farmers of Iowa



Iowa Cattlemen's Association

Millborn Seeds


Register for this course

$0 There is no cost to attend.

Registration deadline is midnight September 2, 2020

Limited to first 50 people registered.

Mail or phone registrations are not accepted.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or


  • Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Space is limited to 50 and registration will be closed when capacity is reached or midnight, September 2, 2020, whichever occurs first.
  • To cancel a registration email prior to the start of the course.
  • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.
  • Registration includes lunch and refreshments.


Erika Lundy

Erika Lundy
extension beef field specialist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

David Bruene

David Bruene
manager, beef teaching farm
Iowa State University