ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Pick an issue; cattle prices, Japanese and Canadian trade, managing beef manure, national identification or the beef check-off. Regardless of the pick, they are all part of a Feedlot Meeting on Feb. 27 at the Corporate Centre in Sioux Center. The meeting will be from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
“We are pleased to have Mike Murphy, Cattle Fax market analyst, visit about the cattle market situation and outlook. We have seen historically high prices and a recent softening in fed cattle,” states Beth Doran, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef field specialist. “Producers will be able to question Mike about the direction of the cattle industry.”
Because of the risk involved in cattle feeding, price protection is key. Ken Tietje and Dave Popkes, Farm Credit Services of America, will show a new insurance product, Livestock Gross Margin, that protects against high feeder and corn prices and low fed cattle prices.
Another key part of the meeting is international trade. John Lawrence, Iowa Beef Center director and ISU Extension livestock economist, will explain what producers need to do if they plan to export beef to Japan. Lawrence will discuss process verified programs and quality system assessment programs, both key parts of exporting beef. Dr. Neil Rippke, with USDA Veterinary Services, will share what feedlot producers can expect when importing Canadian feeder cattle. “This involves more than simply loading and unloading cattle,” remarked Dr. Rippke.
Kellie Carolan, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, will visit about how the Iowa Quality Beef Program can be used for age and source verification. Stan Zylstra, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Director, will share the primary components of the National Beef Check-Off and how it serves cattlemen nationally. Dr. Pam Smith, with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will discuss the National Animal Identification System, and what steps Iowa beef producers should undertake to ensure beef safety.
The environment is still front and center in agriculture, but manure can be an asset. Kris Kohl, ISU Extension agricultural engineering field specialist, will explain how beef producers can better manage and get more value from their feedlot manure.
The Feedlot Meeting is sponsored by ISU Extension; Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association; Sioux and Lyon County Cattlemen’s Associations; Farm Credit Services of America; and Bayer, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Elanco, Fort Dodge, Intervet, Merial, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, and Vet Life Animal Health.
To register, contact Beth Doran, ISU Extension Beef Field Specialist, at (712) 737-4230. Registration ($20 per person) is due Feb. 22, at the Sioux County Extension Office, 805 Highway 10 West, Orange City, IA, 51041.