This week, I would like to highlight three livestock websites that are available to help you with questions about beef, swine and dairy.
The Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at www.iastate.edu. Iowa State University serves as the university's extension program to cattle producers. The center comprises a dedicated group of faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the www.vetmed.iastate.edu College of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University Extension program specialists around the state. They work together to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa's beef industry. The IBC strives to be the number one source "For all things beef." Iowa Beef Center was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of Iowa's beef cattle industry. As part of ISU Extension's Agriculture and Natural Resources program area, Iowa Beef Center is the outreach program for cattle producers and is the source of news, programming, information and research conducted by ISU related to the cattle industry. Cooperatively, IBC offers a wide range of services, including on-farm consultations, demonstrations and educational programs. To learn more about the Iowa Beef Center, check out the following website: www.iowabeefcenter.org
The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. The Iowa Pork Industry Center focuses its efforts in programs that are integral and complimentary to work by Iowa State University Extension. Through the Center, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to aid in making their operations more efficient and profitable. Interdisciplinary programs with the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Engineering and Veterinary Medicine are ongoing. The Iowa Pork Industry's mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. Iowa State University Extension campus and field staff members with swine responsibilities provide a variety of outreach opportunities to connect IPIC and the state's pork producers. These specialists are available for discussion and consultation purposes in person, by phone, fax and e-mail. For more information, call the PORKLine at: 800-808-7675 or visit: www.extension.iastate.edu/livestock/swine.
PORKLine is a toll-free phone line available to assist Iowa pork producers with answers to their questions relating to swine production, management and marketing. In addition to information from campus specialists, PORKLine responses are supported with data from several sources, including ISU Extension publications, scientific and producer journals and periodicals, livestock industry reports and marketing sources.
For answers to dairy questions, check out ISU Extension Dairy Team's website: www.extension.iastate.edu/DairyTeam. The ISU Extension Dairy Team's mission is to "enhance dairy profits and quality of life." Some of the topics you will find on this site include: Business and Financial Management; Production Records; Milk Marketing and Pricing; Buildings and Facilities; Feeds, Forages and Nutrition; Genetics and Reproduction; Nutrient and Manure Management; and Dairy Goats and Dairy Sheep.
If you would like to learn more about the resources available to you from ISU Extension and Outreach, call the Grundy office at 319-824-6979.