The annual “Update for Veterinarians” program by Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center features a full day of education and demonstrations focused on beef cattle. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers is organizing the program and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the May 21 event at the Iowa State University McNay Research Farm near Chariton.

“In addition to six speakers from Iowa State, we’re pleased to have Ken Coffey from the University of Arkansas with us,” Sellers said. “This program is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get in-depth information on fescue and grazing issues, as well as specific animal health concerns. Also, the program has been approved for five hours of continuing education credits.”

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the McNay headquarters with the first speaker starting at 9:15 a.m. The group will then travel to the beef facilities for two sets of breakout sessions. Three more presentation sessions will follow lunch at the farm headquarters, with the program ending about 3:30 p.m.

Those who preregister by May 15 will pay $50 per person, which includes the noon meal. Those who preregister after May 15 and those who register onsite will pay $70. All registrations are done through the Lucas County Extension Office in Chariton.

The brochure with registration form is available on the IBC website. For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at

The speakers and their topics in presentation order are:

  • University of Arkansas animal science professor Ken Coffey: Managing fescue
  • ISU Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell, senior clinicians Steve Ensley and Patrick Phillips, and veterinary diagnostician Doug Snider: Live animal demos -- Trichomoniasis sampling, BSE examinations, liver biopsy sampling for mineral troubleshooting
  • ISU Extension and Outreach cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn and beef program specialist Joe Sellers: Heifer development, mapping the genome on the ISU Angus herd, issues with ergot alkaloids in 2013
  • Ensley and Snider: What do we do with liver biopsy results? Responding to mineral deficiencies
  • Dewell and Phillips: Trichomoniasis testing and monitoring
  • Coffey: Comparing fall and spring calving on fescue-based pastures