The Feedlot Forum 2013 will be held at a new location, Terrace View Event Center just south of Sioux Center, on Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum will address a variety of new beef issues– animal welfare audits, new feed processing methods, global trade and formula pricing – facing feedlot producers in 2013.
Feedlot owners, dairy producers and their employees are invited to an Animal Care and Handling Seminar for beef and dairy on Nov. 22 at Tri-State Livestock Auction in Sioux Center. Featured presenter is Sandhills Cattle Consultants Inc. president Kip Lukasiewicz, who will discuss and demonstrate low-stress cattle handling techniques.
Beef producers are encouraged to take part in tours of five beef facilities and Beef Quality Assurance training scheduled for August 25. The tours begin in Ida County, near Holstein .
Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center will host a manure management field day from 1 to 4 p.m. July 13, at the Mike Bettin feedlot in Sac County. The field day will provide information on manure management issues and offer alternative manure handling options for open feedlots and dairies with less than 1,000 animal units.
Managing mono-slope barns to improve air quality and cattle performance will be featured at an open house on June 22. The open house will be at the Ron and Clayton Christensen barn near Royal, Iowa, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will offer workshops in northwest and western Iowa March 29, 30 and 31 featuring environmental issues for feedlots and dairies that are medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).