CHARITON, Iowa - - Beef producers have the unique opportunity to visit and view fellow producers’ projects and efforts to enhance their profitability, all while protecting the Rathbun Lake Watershed in south central Iowa.
A forage and feedlot field day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Randy Beard farm near Derby. Beard will be showcasing several forage projects, including the grazing of stockpiled pasture and hay land, the conversion of an old pond as a livestock water source, reclamation of "waste acres" for productive pasture, optimization of hay and pasture production, and pasture brush control methods. The Beard Farm is three miles east of Derby on County Road H50, and east five miles on 415th Avenue, on the south side of the road.
The field day continues with a noon lunch break at the Iowa State University (ISU) McNay Research farm headquarters near Chariton, featuring a chili lunch and updates on current grazing and cattle feeding management tips. The farm is six miles southwest of Chariton, or north of County Highway H50 on 170th Avenue.
The afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. at the Hunter Brothers Feedlot, one-eighth of a mile west of Highway 65 on 450th Street, south of Lucas, and includes demonstrations of feedlot runoff control settling basins, and discussion of feedlot runoff control regulations.
The event is sponsored by the Rathbun Lake Forage Project and the Rathbun Lake Special Project.
In case of inclement weather, the field day will begin at the McNay Farm at 10 a.m. For weather updates that morning, contact Joe Sellers at (641) 203-1270.