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Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa -- 2018
This publication contains estimates of production costs for common livestock enterprises in Iowa. Estimates are intended to reflect average or above-average levels of management using common types of technology. Input prices reflect expected average price levels during the year.
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Iowa Poultry Slaughter, Processing, and Sales Guidelines for Small-Scale Producers
This publication is designed to help small-scale poultry producers in Iowa figure out poultry slaughter and processing regulations and their associated marketing limitations. Contact information is included of processing facilities that can handle small batches.

Previously known as PM 2068.
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Professional Edition
BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations. .

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$525.00
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ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software
The ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software is stand alone, Windows™ based software designed for commercial beef feedyards to monitor animal and financial performance, generate invoices for custom fed cattle and close-outs on finished lots. Input data regarding feed and health product use, production costs and income are used to calculate real time weight gains, breakeven values and returns on cattle moving through the operation.

Additional information about this software and others can be obtained from the Iowa Beef Center or by contacting Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or garland@iastate.edu

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.

Download and view the free promotional flier (AS 13B) below and take a peek at the benefits this software offers.
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$600.00
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Goat Brands Nutrition -- Standard Edition Module
The Goat Brands Nutrition Standard Edition Modules are designed for ration evaluation and manual formulation of growing and mature dairy, meat, and mohair goats. The software utilizes the guidelines outlined in the National Research Council's 2007 publication The Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants as the primary basis for these guidelines.

Please download the free documentation/help file for further instructions, a preview of what you can expect to find within the software as well as instructions on how to get started once you've purchased the software.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Standard Edition Cow and Heifer Module
The Beef Cow Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met.  A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Complete Standard Edition
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Youth Animal Projects and the Veterinary Feed Directive
This publication provides information regarding the new veterinary feed directive and how it relates to youth animal projects.

Information on getting a VFD, its components and uses are all presented.
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Veterinary Feed Directive
In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began issuing Compliance Policy Guides (CPG) regarding antibiotic usage in animal agriculture. Compliance Policy Guide 209 established FDA’s position that medically important antibiotics should not be used for production enhancement (rate of gain or feed efficiency) and that veterinary oversight should be required when using medically important antibiotics for treatment, prevention or control.

This publication provides an overview of the veterinary feed directive and how to comply with the law.
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Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in Iowa
Ticks can be found across the state of Iowa and are active from March through November. This publication discusses the three most common type of ticks in the state while also providing information on preventing Lyme disease and removing attached ticks.
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DNR Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification Fact Sheet: MAC - Manure Applicator Certification
DNR's manure applicator certification: includes information on who is affected, becoming certified, maintaining certification, grace period, late fees, manure application, duplicate certificates, certification training courses, testing, training manual, test preparation, requirements for manure application, and disciplinary actions.
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An Introduction to Animal Husbandry and Nutrition
This educational document is a collaborative project between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), Iowa State University to provide a brief introduction of basic animal husbandry and nutrition. This material is intended for readers with little background in livestock production. The information will focus on some customary management and husbandry practices in commercial production facilities for swine, cattle and poultry. In addition, information is included on horses, sheep and goats.
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Trichomoniasis in Beef Cattle
Protect the health of your herd and prevent economic losses by knowing the signs for this reproductive disease of cattle.

Includes prevention and control, transmission, diagnosis procedures, and regulations.
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Ergot Poisoning in Cattle
Know how to recognize the ergot fungus that grows on many seed heads of cereal grains and grasses. Prevent economic loss caused by poisoning of cattle with this fungus.

Includes clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
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Vitamin A Deficiency in Beef Calves
Be able to recognize vitamin A deficiencies in your herd, know the causes, and find out how to prevent the deficiency in the first place.

Includes clinical signs and guidelines for treatment with supplements.
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Organic Livestock Systems: Views of Veterinarians and Organic Producers
Find how organic producers use veterinary care and the veterinarians' attitudes toward and experience with organic systems. This report also addresses the adequacy of current veterinary education about organic systems. Shows perspectives from both veterinarians and organic livestock producers.
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Estimated Costs for Livestock Fencing
This publication compares the costs of building a quarter mile straight perimeter fence with woven wire, barbed wire, high-tensile non-electric, and high-tensile electrified, and temporary interior fencing.
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BRaNDS - Missouri Professional Edition
An update to Missouri BRaNDS is forthcoming.
For specific questions regarding Missouri BRaNDS software and its upcoming availability, please contact Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or email: garland@iastate.edu

BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations.

**Requires Excel 97-03 or later editions, including Vista and Microsoft Office 07.
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Small Meat Processor Business Planning Guide
This guidebook walks you through creating a business plan for a small meat processing facility. It uses a real business plan as an example.

Use this guidebook to clearly state your business goals, provide reasons that these goals are achievable, and to outline your plan to achieve the goals.
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Enterprise Budget: Dairy Goats
Interest in dairy goat production has been growing recently for a variety of reasons. Dairy goats are less costly to buy and feed for someone starting in the dairy business. The average dairy cow in Iowa produces 65 pounds of milk a day with some top-performing cows producing up to 150 pounds. Cows also eat 50 pounds a day. On the other hand, dairy goats eat 6 pounds a day and produce 4-7 pounds of milk. The demand for goat cheese and products has increased because of the added health benefits and alternative offerings for people with allergies to regular milk. Before starting your goat enterprise, consider your labor, physical, and management resources.
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Plastic Grid for Quick Measurement of Loin Eye (Beef) with envelope
Clear plastic grid and detailed instructions are included to measure loin eye area.
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Maximizing Profitability on Highly Erodible Land in Iowa | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Options in grass may be the most profitable for CRP land when the long term cost of erosion is considered. Get the details on six income options: CRP, two rotational grazing options, two crop options (rotational corn/soybean), and alfalfa/orchard grass hay.
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Rented Land in Iowa: Social and Environmental Dimensions
More than half of Iowa farmland is rented.

Decisions regarding who has access to that land and how it is farmed can influence the social and environmental outcomes of family farming.

See what the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discovered about rented land in Iowa. Recommendations are suggested to ensure that non-operator landownership is either neutral or beneficial to farm operators, farmland owners, rural communities, and the land itself.
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Livestock: Determining Moisture of Immature Corn Silage - Disaster Recovery Series
Learn about two simple, inexpensive methods to determine silage moisture: using a 250 watt infrared heat lamp or a microwave.
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Cage Fish Culture -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Cage culture of fish uses existing water resources but encloses the fish in a cage or basket that allows water to pass freely between the fish and the pond. Consider the advantages and disadvantages. Also read about details of site selection, cage construction, species suitable for cage culture, and more.
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Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant
This guide offers insights and formulas for planning the layout of a small-scale locker-type red-meat processing plant. Two model designs are presented and were created by an experienced meat plant consultant. The plans are for initial design use and not for construction use.
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Composting Swine Mortalities in Iowa
Swine producers have found that composting is a flexible and reasonably priced disposal method that can be used year round. Find out about facilities and equipment, procedures, and regulations.
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Rigid Plastic Tubes for Pit Ventilation
Pit ventilation in livestock buildings can be accomplished with the use of fans along the sides or ends of a pit or by means of a duct system. More uniform pick-up of odors can be achieved with a duct than by using fans alone. This publication includes designs and specifications for maximum suggested airflow for each size duct.
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Plastic Grid for Quick Measurement of Loin Eye (Pork and Lamb) with envelope
Plastic Grid for Quick Measurement of Loin Eye (Pork and Lamb) with envelope
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Developing Dairy in Iowa: The Iowa New Farm Family Project
Details on this project that is inviting farm families from Western Europe to establish modern dairy farms in Iowa.
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Value Added Agriculture Program -- Providing Leadership in Producer-run, Value-Added Agriculture Activities
This publication discusses the Value-added Agriculture Program and its activities, explains its purposes, and provides necessary resources.
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Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers
This guide provides a general pasture management reference for livestock producers, agriculture advisors, and teachers and students. The color publication covers practices to increase production and returns by improving management of grassland.
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Principles of Odor Control -- The Science of Smell Part 4
Understanding the principles behind effective livestock odor control strategies can help producers decide what to do.
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Odor Detection and Measurement -- The Science of Smell Part 3
Odor measurement is complicated. Find out about dilution-to-threshold methods, which currently are the most widely accepted.
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Agricultural Health Study -- Risk Factors for Injury from Livestock and Farm Machinery
Publication discusses risk factors significantly associated with animal-related and machinery-related injury among farmers surveyed in Iowa. Hearing loss is leading risk factor for both types of injury.
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Air Quality and Animal Agriculture
This four-page publication documents past and current research efforts in air quality studies at Iowa State University. The publication also outlines plans for future air quality initiatives.
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Air Quality Resources for Iowa Animal Agriculture
A detailed list of publications, online resources, and research projects on animal agriculture air quality.
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High Quality Water Resources
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Safety with Birds, Bees, and Other Beasts -- The Mystery Club
Farm safety newsletter and activities for youth, focusing on livestock, brought to you by Captain Overalls, safety crusader.
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A Summary of Carcass Data - Grid Demo 1999
Details from a 1999 grid demonstration of 3,159 head of cattle from 29 producers in 79 marketing groups.
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How the Demo Cattle Fit Grid Markets - Grids Demo 1999
How the 1999 grid demonstration cattle described in IBC 6 publication fit into grid markets.
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Composting Dead Livestock: A New Solution for an Old Problem - Sustainable Agriculture
Learn how on-farm composting of dead livestock can save producers money and help protect the environment.
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Livestock Odor Reduction Demonstration Project - Summary Sheet
This historical document describes the major activities and accomplishments of Extension's Livestock Odor Reduction Demonstration Project in the late 1990s.
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Bantams
This publication is a supplemental reference for members of 4-H poultry projects as well as providing information for others interested in bantam chickens.
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Nutrition Guidelines for Ostriches and Emus
The design of successful feeding programs for ostriches and emus is a special challenge to nutritionists and production managers. This publication offers suggestions.
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Alfalfa: The High Quality Hay for Horses
Learn about selecting quality hay and the science of feeding. When free of mold and dust, early cut alfalfa hay will meet all or nearly all of a horse's protein needs.
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