The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) are seeking help on a survey project from confined cow/calf producers in the Midwest.
According to IBC, the main goal of this project is to determine the common management practices utilized, the incidence and importance of animal disease and the nutritional management practices in confined cow/calf operations.
IBC said it wants to improve its understanding of how these operations are managed so producer needs can be better served through research and educational activities.
All data collected will be completely confidential, and no individual answers will be published, IBC said, adding that any presentation of results of the survey will compile all answers from all participants.
The researchers hope to complete data collection and analysis by this fall so producer educational programming may be planned beginning in 2020.
The survey is available online and in paper version. Request a paper copy by contacting Dr. Terry Engelken at (515) 294-2192 or by email. A stamped return envelope will be included so the completed survey can be mailed back at no charge.