Calving Under Roof

Growing Iowa’s cattle herd takes hard work and determination, but it also takes a little help and advice from others. With less pasture ground available, more farmers are looking for feasibly solutions to do more with less space. As a result, a trend has emerged to solve the problem: calving under roof.

To showcase under roof options, the Coalition has hosted Calving Under Roof events with the help of industry partners including Hoop Beef Systems, LLC and Accu Steel. These structures allow farmers to easily access and monitor animals while also protecting them from harsh Iowa winters. Every event provides information about management, nutrition, health considerations, building design, regulations and more.


Midwest Cow/Calf Symposium

Shrinking pasture availability has led many cow-calf producers across the Midwest to consider calving under roof as a viable alternative. That’s why the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers teamed up with the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Nebraska Cattlemen to host the Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium.

Nearly 300 beginning and experienced farmers from eight states attended the two day event to learn about the key management decisions of raising cows and calves in a confined setting.

Thank you to Accu-Steel, Hoop Beef System and Central Confinement Service for coordinating the producer panels and providing the drone footage featuring current cow-calf facilities.

Getting Started in Cow-Calf Confinement Production – Dr. Morgan Hayes – University of Kentucky

Dr. Morgan Hayes, University of Kentucky

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Health Management in a Confined Scenario

Dr. Sara Barber, Veterinary Medical Center

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Financing a Cow-Calf Facility: What You Need to Know

Bruce Eberle, Rabo AgriFinance

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Managing Cows in Confinement: Theory in Practice

Kelly Jones, Cactus Feeders, Inc.

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Nutritional Management of Confined Production Cows

Karla Jenkins, UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center

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