Northwest Iowa Workshops Feature New Feedlot Software

person typing on a laptop computerORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Cattle producers and agribusiness staff are invited to workshops featuring the newly updated version of the Feedlot Monitoring Program software. The workshops will be Tuesday, June 10, at the Sioux County Extension and Outreach office in Orange City. ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Beth Doran said the workshops will help both experienced users as well as those who've never used it to learn more about the software.

“The new program allows individual animal monitoring and projections, which are major changes from older FMP software,” she said. "Other new features include the tracking of drug inventories and treatment protocols, and the incorporation of environmental records to help an operation meet current reporting requirements."

Instructors are Garland Dahlke, computer specialist for the Iowa Beef Center, and Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center. The morning session, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, is for those with limited to no experience with the FMP. The afternoon session, from 1 to 4 p.m., is designed for people who have moderate to extensive experience with a previous version of the FMP.

"All participants will use an Iowa State computer, but may bring their own computer if they wish to purchase and install the new version and transfer their existing data files into the new version," Doran said. "However, participants in either workshop are not required to buy the software in order to attend."

Cost to attend either session is $10 per person. Because there is a limit of 15 operations per session, reservations will be taken in the order received. Those who want to attend should preregister as soon as possible. To register, contact the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230 or email Doran at