Our latest episode of the Engineering Your Farm podcast just dropped! Check out 'The Stinky Science Behind Farm Odors' to hear a fascinating conversation about olfactometry, farm odors, and rural air quality with Dr. Jacek Koziel from the Dept. of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University.
Despite how the temperatures have felt the last week, winter isn't over yet! Dr. Dan Thomson, Department Chair at Iowa State University Animal Science, offers some tips for processing cattle during cold weather in this week's #FeedyardFriday.
"Climate change is the biggest challenge of our lifetime, which we must address with urgency, but swapping out a hamburger once a month isn’t how we do it. While the burger does have an impact on our climate, which we’re working to reduce, it’s simply not the climate killer it’s made out to be."
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"The world’s first 3-D-printed ribeye steak was unveiled this week by an Israeli start-up focused on cultured meat technology. Lab grown meat, much like the plant-based products that have already reached a grocery store near you, seeks to disrupt your business and steal your market share..."
Few producers are excited about next week’s forecast, but management can keep cattle content and gaining. Erika Lundy, SW IA beef specialist, offers a couple considerations for caring for cattle in cold weather in this week’s #FeedyardFriday. Read about the SDSU Extension-Beef Cattle bedding study referenced here: https://extension.sdstate.edu/strategic-feedlot-bedding-winter.
Don't overlook bull management during the offseason. Denise Schwab, NE IA beef specialists, has a few pointers when it comes to making sure your herd sires are ready to go to work in this week's #CowTipTuesday. More information can be found here: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/bch/BullReproductiveManagement.pdf
Feedlot managers know the way to consistent and sustainable growth performance is through proper feed bunk management. Dr. Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center, highlights some keys to success in this week's #FeedyardFriday.
For more information, check out these free downloads: a fact sheet on feed bunk management and an editable SOP
"For farmers and ranchers, working the fields and livestock for generations is the goal for most family producers. However, that is easier said than done when considering the limited natural resources that surround the operation."
Limiting feed waste is an effective method for managing cow herd costs. Listen to Patrick Wall, SE IA Beef specialist, discuss unrolling one day's worth of hay as a method to limit hay waste and provide other benefits in this week's #CowTipTuesday.
In this week's #CowTipTuesday, SW IA beef specialist Erika Lundy outlines strategies to improve the cow herd's bottom line in 2021. For additional tips, check out this recent Iowa Cattlemen's Association article: https://lsc-pagepro.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?m=35546&i=687742&p=38
"Composting is an effective and beneficial option for livestock mortality disposal and nutrient recovery for most operations. This webinar describes how composting works [and] shows you how to prepare for mortality composting and manage the process . . . ."