Three-Day Research, Information Trip Set for Iowa Beef Producers

CHARITON, Iowa – A three-day trip to southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska offers Iowa beef producers the opportunity to tour innovative beef operations and visit with successful producers and cutting edge researchers. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers said stops at the Armstrong Research Farm in Cass County, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) near Clay Center, Neb., will provide current information on research being conducted at those locations.

“We’ll leave Chariton at 8 a.m. on July 6 and return the evening of July 8, with tours at private ranches and operations, visits with UNL and ISU staff and discussions with other producers,” Sellers said. “Those who attend will be able to see and ask questions about a number of timely topics pertinent to their own operations.”

Registration fee for the tour is $100 per person, which includes bus travel from and to Chariton, and lunch each of the three days. Lodging and other meals are not included, and checks will be held until the minimum number of 40 paid attendees is reached. If interest is strong among producers along the route, other pick up locations will be arranged.

“We’ll stay in Hastings, Neb., on both July 7 and 8, and a block of rooms at $77 per night plus tax is being held at the Holiday Inn Express for our group until June 8,” Sellers said. “People are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements, and should mention ‘Iowa Beef Tour’ when they call Holiday Inn at 402-463-8858.”

Sellers said that while the agenda is a busy one, producers will learn a great deal at both the stops and through conversations with others.

“The first day we travel to the Armstrong Farm near Lewis for discussions on cattle age, source verification, hoop buildings and retained ownership,” he said. “After lunch we head to UNL where we’ll visit with staff about research efforts in Nebraska before heading to Hastings for the first overnight.”

The next day’s tentative schedule includes tour stops at Gotsch Feedyards at Red Cloud, S&S Herefords at Guide Rock and the Herz confined deep bedded beef barn at Lawrence. The final day includes a tour, discussion and lunch at MARC, located between Hastings and Clay Center, before heading back to Chariton.

“Those wanting to attend must register by sending name, address and a check for $100 per attendee by June 4,” Sellers said. “Make the check payable to Lucas County Extension, and send to 48293 HyVee Road, Chariton, IA, 50049.”

For more information contact Sellers by email at or by phone at 641-203-1270.