Two new beef reference publications are available to purchase from Midwest Plan Service. “Cattle Feeding Buildings in the Midwest” was published June 2012 and “Cow-Calf Production in the U.S. Corn Belt” was published October 2011.  

“Cow-Calf Production in the U.S. Corn Belt” recently received a Blue Ribbon Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The publication, available for purchase from Midwest Plan Service, includes 22 chapters with more than 140 drawings, photographs, examples and case studies. The cost is $40.00 plus shipping and handling.

The full text contains management tips and insights on a variety of topics, including: farmstead planning; fences and gates; lots and  housing; dealing with harsh environments; handling facilities; manure management; feeds and feed storage; forage management; body condition scoring and reproduction; nutritional management; calving management; herd health; mortality management; pests; and value-added marketing, among others.

“Cattle Feeding Buildings in the Midwest” addresses the emerging trend of feeding cattle in buildings. This 16-page publication emphasizes information to help cattlemen make decisions about building construction. Illustrated with drawings, photographs and tables, it addresses topics such as monoslope versus gable roof, bedded versus concrete slats, manure handling, bedding, building layout and others. The booklet is now available from Midwest Plan service for $8.00 plus shipping.

Both publication resources were developed by a team of university specialists from Purdue University, Oklahoma State University and Iowa State University. Collaborators include animal scientists, veterinarians, agricultural engineers and entomologists. The publications highlight beef production in the Midwest, but cattlemen from around the country will find these references directly applicable. 

For more information go to www.mwps.org, e-mail mwps@iastate.edu or call 800-562-3618.