Beef Feedlot Meeting

Denise Schwab, beef and forage field specialist

Situation
New technologies are constantly becoming available for beef feedlot operators. These operators need to understand how each new technology will affect their profitability.

Response
A regional meeting was held in Amana on February 4, 2004. This meeting was similar to the state conference held in Ames in November 2003. DNR, Feeds of Victor, and Elanco Animal Health agreed to co-sponsor the meeting and provide funds. Topics included market outlook, current issues (national animal ID, COOL, impact of BSE), Optaflexx (the new ractopamine product), and matching implant strategies to nutrition programs. Speakers were Dr. John Lawrence and Dr. Dan Loy, of the Iowa Beef Center. Byron Leu also presented a brief overview of the BRANDS nutrition software program, and I presented the benchmarking exercise to collect information on operator costs and management practices.

Immediate Impact

Sixty-one producers and industry representatives attended the meeting, including 15 students from the Kirkwood Community College beef program. Forty-two evaluation forms were returned.

Participants estimated the average economic impact of the program was $5,500. Participants marketed an average of 1,300 head per year, with the range being from 20-10,000 head.

Six-Month Impact

A follow-up evaluation was sent to 46 producers (community college students excluded), and nine were returned (20% return).

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