Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) are hosting several meetings in various parts of Iowa to address nutrition concerns for cow herds over the winter.

According to Extension beef specialist and IBC interim Director Dan Loy, nutrition problems caused by damaged hay are widespread. “Almost one-half of the forage samples submitted to date through our forage testing project are marginal in energy and nearly 20% are marginal in meeting the protein needs of a mature beef cow in late gestation,” said Loy. “It’s important to know the nutritional value of your available forages so you can make good feed and feeding decisions this winter.”

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The meetings will focus on allocating feed inventory, sample rations to meet cow nutrient needs and tools to control feed cost and waste. Locations for each meeting can be found here.