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Iowa Cow-calf Production - Exploring Different Management Systems
This publication is the culmination of an Iowa Beef Center project that was designed to identify costs, environmental impacts and best practices for Iowa cow-calf operations. The project looked into three types of production systems - traditional grazing, extensive grazing and limited or no grazing - with the goal of developing decision aids and educational tools to assist cow-calf producers across all production systems and improve sustainability of the cow-calf segment in Iowa.
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Introduction
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Chapter 1: Current State of the Beef Cow-calf Industry in Iowa
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Chapter 2: Beef Cow-calf Systems - Overview and Characteristics
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Chapter 3: Cost of Production of Alternative Systems
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Chapter 4: Feed Resources
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Chapter 5: Animal Health Management
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Chapter 6: Soil and Water Resources
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Chapter 7: Adding Value to the Cow Enterprise
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Chapter 8: Systems Best Management Practices, Advantages and Concerns
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Appendix A: Economic Comparison Results
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Appendix B: Standardized Prices
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Appendix C: Budgeting for Cow-calf Systems
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Appendix D: Confinement Buildings for Beef Cows – Design, Layout and Operation Considerations
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Using Manure Nutrients for Crop Production
Manure has characteristics that make nutrient management different and sometimes more complicated than fertilizer. Find out about manure nutrient availability for crops, manure nutrient supply, manure nutrient application recommendations, adjusting for manure nitrogen volatilization, and more.
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Small Feedlot Runoff Management Using Low-Pressure Flood Irrigation
Find out about better management of runoff from small open feedlots using low-pressure flood irrigation. Photos and text show system design, components, and operation. Also contains several other resources for more information.
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Clean Water Diversion for Open Feedlots
Find out about clean water diversion around small open feedlots through pen location, gutters and downspouts for roof areas, and drainage channels for surface water. Photos, text, and tables present details of various systems.
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Small Open Lot Dairies in Iowa -- a producer guide
Find ways to better manage dairy feedlot manure and runoff and assess environmental impact. Includes practices that help you manage manure nutrients while protecting water quality. Explains how state and federal regulations apply to open feedlots and gives sources for technical assistance.
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Small Open Beef Feedlots in Iowa -- a producer guide
Find ways to better manage feedlot manure and runoff and assess environmental impact. Includes practices that manage manure nutrients while protecting water quality.

Explains how state and federal regulations apply to open feedlots and gives sources for technical assistance.
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