Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center is offering the 21st annual Update for Veterinarians on Wednesday, May 20, at the McNay Memorial Research Farm near Chariton. The full day of education will focus on beef herd management, genetics, bull fertility, cow reproduction, grazing and disease updates.

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, is organizing the event and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the event.

“Our featured speaker is Dr. Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska who will update us on research they are doing on drylot cow-calf production. Our other speakers have Iowa State connections, including faculty and staff from veterinary medicine and animal science,” Sellers said. “This is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get acquainted with these folks and their areas of expertise. This year the program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credits.”

The veterinarian update includes eight presentations and a group discussion at the end. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with sessions running from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration by May 15 is $60 per person. Registrations after May 15 and those registering onsite will pay $80. Lunch is provided, served by Cater 2 U.

Presentation topics and speakers

·         Drylotting Beef Cows and Calves: Dr. Rick Rasby, beef cow specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska in Lincoln

·         EHD, Bluetongue, Anaplasmosis and BVD Disease Update: Dr. Grant Dewell, beef veterinarian, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VD-PAM), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

·         Iowa State University Pyrethrin / Bull Fertility Study: Dr. Tyler Dohlman, adjunct instructor for Theriogenology, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VD-PAM), Iowa State University

·         Troubleshooting Southern Iowa Beef Herds: Dr. Steve Ensley, Senior Clinician, VDL-Toxicology, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VD-PAM), Iowa State University

·         Beef Synchronization Update – Advantages of Artificial Insemination, ISU Pyrethrin / Bull Fertility Study and Impact of Mineral / Vitamin Status on Reproduction: Patrick Gunn, Beef Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach

·         Managing Fescue: Joe Sellers, beef specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach

·         Beef Genetics Update: Patrick Wall, beef specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach

Registration information

The event brochure with a registration form is available on the Iowa Beef Center website at http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/ . For more information, contact either Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270, sellers@iastate.edu or the ISU Extension Lucas County Office at 641-774-2016 or rhondaj@iastate.edu. The McNay farm is located at 45249 170th Ave., Chariton. For directions, see www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/mcnay.php or call the farm directly at 641-766-6465.