Beef Feedlot Operations: New Technologies and Current Issues

Carl Neifert, livestock field specialist
Joe Sellers, livestock gield specialist

Situation
Iowa beef feedlot operators continually face the challenge of staying informed of new technologies, feeding procedures, marketing methods, and competitiveness strategies. They also must be informed of current health issues and public meat safety concerns.

Response
ISU livestock field specialists Joe Sellers and Carl Neifert contacted local industry resource Jeff Pastoor of Land O’ Lakes in order to plan a meeting for beef feedlot producers to focus on the above issues. The meeting was held on January 8, 2004, at the New Sharon Co-op meeting room. The meeting’s presenters included representatives from ISU Extension, the Iowa Beef Center, Land O’ Lakes, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Topics included the national livestock ID program, Optaflexx, implant and energy strategies, marketing beef ("Chuck Tenders"), remaining competitive, biosecurity strategies, and BSE updates.

Impact
After-meeting evaluations were collected from 23 of the 43 attendees. The average size of these respondents’ operations was 200 head; operation size ranged from 25 to 400 head. The evaluations demonstrated that the meeting made a large impact:


When asked to estimate the economic benefit to their operations as a result of the meeting, 14 respondents estimated a combined benefit of $19,000, or more than $1,350 per operation.

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