Cyclone Beef Days

Dennis DeWitt, livestock specialist

Situation

Northwest Iowa has hundreds of medium and large open beef feedlots that are in need of bringing their feedlots into regulatory compliance before 2006.

Response

The Iowa Beef Center coordinated two area Cyclone Beef Day meetings with the generous financial support of twenty local agri-businesses that value the importance of the Iowa Beef Industry. The two meetings were held in Humboldt and Spencer.

Impact

Nearly 100 people attended the Cyclone Beef Day programs. Nineteen cow herds, five stocker-growers, 18 feedlots and 12 agribusiness returned an evaluation instrument. 17/24 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about the HerdWorks program. 23/27 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about the BRANDS program. 24/26 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about importance of birth to harvest nutrients and implants. 27/31 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about the Iowa Quality Beef Supply Coop. 17/27 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about BSE. 19/26 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about COOL. 23/25 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about the USAIP mandatory identification program. 18/25 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about EMS. 14/20 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about market outlook. 16/22 producers gained a fair amount to quite a lot of knowledge about dead animal disposal and BQA. 18/19 cow herds are individually identifying calves at birth. 20/29 producers are balancing their own rations. 3/27 bury deads, 8/27 compost deads, and 16/27 producers utilize rendering for dead animal disposal. The producers estimated the knowledge gained from attending the meeting totaled $10,450.

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