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Hoop calving workshop set Tuesday

By Staff | Mar 25, 2017

DALLAS CENTER – As interest in using hoop barns for calving continues to grow, so does the need to understand the unique management techniques necessary for this approach.

Joe Sellers, an Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist, has scheduled an on-farm workshop to address this need.

“This workshop was planned as a result of discussions at some Extension-led groups who met earlier this year in West Des Moines,” he said. “Members from both Women Managing Cattle and Start to Farm indicated their interest in learning more about this topic.”

The workshop will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the Brewer family farm, 19284 S. Ave, Dallas Center.

It will be hosted by Joe and Brenda Brewer who will share their experiences and knowledge related to hoop barn calving.

“The Brewers will talk about how they manage calving in their hoop barn, the importance of maintaining health and nutrition, and incorporating calving genetics,” Sellers said. “Multiple uses of facilities is also on the agenda.”

Sellers said the workshop will be held outside and in the hoop barn, so attendees should dress appropriately.

Those interested in attending are asked to preregister by noon, Monday.

For more information, to ask about weather postponement or to preregister, contact Sellers at (641) 203-1270 or Joe Brewer at (515) 669-5437.

This event is sponsored by Iowa Beef Center, ISU Extension, and the Start to Farm project.

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