ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Beef barns of all types are becoming more common place in the upper Midwest. “But, we are still learning a lot about these barns,” said Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist.
A one-day “Beef Facilities Conference” will be held Nov. 21 to share current research findings and discuss building management and cattle performance. The conference, a cooperative effort of ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, South Dakota State University (SDSU), USDA Agricultural Research Service and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will be held at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“The purpose of the conference is two-fold,” said Doran. “Morning sessions feature environmental research with these facilities; afternoon sessions focus on building management and cattle performance.”
The morning session includes results of the two-year air emissions study in mono-slope barns, air quality regulations and how to capture, manage and use nutrients produced in beef barns. The two-year air emissions study looked at the emissions of gases and dust and is one of the first studies looking at air quality in these barns. Morning presenters are Erin Cortus, assistant professor at SDSU; Mindy Spiehs, research animal scientist at USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; Rick Stowell, associate professor at UNL; Kris Kohl, ISU Extension and Outreach ag engineering program specialist; and Angie Rieck-Hinz, extension program specialist at Iowa State.
Afternoon sessions involve two panels – a producer panel discussing building management in different style barns and a university panel discussing cattle performance. Four styles of facilities will be featured – mono-slopes, hoops, slatted floor deep-pit barns and open lots. The university panel includes Robbi Pritchard, distinguished professor at SDSU; Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State; Shawn Shouse, ISU Extension and Outreach ag engineering program specialist; and Russ Euken, ISU Extension and Outreach livestock program specialist.
The conference is tailored to feedlot producers, beef consultants, building contractors, engineers and consultants, state and federal agency staff, and extension and university professionals.
Conference information, registration materials and potential sponsorship are available online at www.aep.iastate.edu/facility/. Registration is $40 if registered by Nov. 14. Students receive a $15 discount. Fees will increase $20 after Nov. 14 for all participants.