2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Offers Diverse Learning Opportunities


A full day of information awaits the attendees of the 2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on Jan. 18. From the welcome at 9:30 a.m. through the final breakout session ending about 4 p.m., people will find knowledge and value in every aspect of the day, and that’s the goal according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall.

“The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference committee wants to offer something for everybody, including hot topics for producers of all sizes and scopes, fitting demonstrations for 4-H/FFA enthusiasts, and a trade show with a vast array of beef production businesses,” Wall said.

This year’s program focuses on a variety of topics designed to help producers recognize options and opportunities to expand their beef cattle operation. From genetic selection tools to cover crop possibilities, and heifer development protocol to risk management strategies, experts from universities and private industry in the Midwest will lead these sessions and offer producers valuable information to put into practice on their farms.

“We have three keynote speakers. Internationally recognized speaker and author Dave Robison of Indiana will talk about profit potential of cover crops and Lee Leachman, Manager of Leachman Cattle of Colorado, will lend his expertise on blending composite breeds and explain his $Profit index,” Wall said. “Finally, Dr. Brian Heudepohl of Williamsburg Veterinary Clinic will explain his heifer development program and successful health protocols to help producers expand their operations.”

Afternoon breakout sessions include a panel discussion with individual focus on baleage harvesting, storage and cow economics with panelists Jeremy Erdmann, Senior Design Engineer for John Deere’s Hay and Forage Platform, Dave Robison of Legacy Seeds, Inc., and Patrick Gunn, ISU Extension cow-calf specialist. A risk management discussion includes Ryan Drollette, ISU Extension farm management program specialist, and Tony Latcham of Son Risk Management. Wall will target cow-share agreements for beginning or young farmers, and Jim Werner, Iowa Angus breeder, will be an afternoon producer speaker.

This year’s conference at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa begins with registration at 8 a.m. The official welcome is at 9:30 a.m., followed by two general session speakers then lunch and exhibit viewing. The afternoon begins with a general session speaker in the auditorium, followed by two breakout sessions with four choices. Admission is $15, which includes lunch and a copy of the conference proceedings. No preregistration is necessary. See and download the conference brochure at www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/2014CCCC.pdf.

IBC was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.