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Comprehensive Feedlot Meeting Planned for Feb. 28 in Spencer


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- There are many hot topics surrounding the beef industry this year, and an upcoming meeting in Spencer will address all of them, according to an Iowa State University (ISU) livestock field specialist.


“Whether producers are concerned about cattle prices, Japanese and Canadian trade, adding market alternatives, managing beef manure, national identification or the beef check-off, we have invited speakers to address all these issues to create a very comprehensive meeting,” says Dennis DeWitt, ISU Extension field specialist. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Clay County Regional Events Center, Spencer. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
The meeting kicks off with Mike Murphy, Cattle Fax market analyst, who will discuss the cattle market situation and outlook. Producers will be able to question Mike about the direction of the cattle industry.  Murphy’s presentation is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.


Price protection is a key factor in cattle feeding as a part of risk management.  Ron Eichmeier, vice president, and Ken Tietje, both of Farm Credit Services of America, will share information about a new insurance product “Livestock Gross Margin” that protects against high feeder and corn prices and low fed cattle prices.
John Lawrence, Iowa Beef Center director and ISU Extension livestock economist, will address international trade and explain what producers need to do if they plan to export beef to Japan. Lawrence also will discuss process-verified programs and quality system assessment programs, both of which are key parts of exporting beef.  Dr. Neil Rippke with USDA Veterinary Services, will share what feedlot producers can expect when importing Canadian feeder cattle. 

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, Iowa NCBA Promotion and Research Board member, will share the primary components of the National Beef Check-Off and how it serves cattlemen nationally. 


Dr. Pam Smith, veterinarian with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will discuss the National Animal Identification System and Iowa Premise Identification Application 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, and District 2 County Cattlemen’s Associations. Farm Credit Services of America, Bayer, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Elanco, Fort Dodge, Intervet, Merial, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, and Vet Life Animal Health companies are providing resources.  You will be able to view their products during the day.
To register, contact Dennis DeWitt at (712) 336-3488.  Registration ($20 per person) is due Feb. 24 to the Dickinson County Extension Office, 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360.  Producers who are unable to attend the Spencer meeting can attend a similar meeting at the Corporate Center in Sioux Center on Monday, Feb.  27.  Contact Beth Doran at (712) 737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu to register.


Contacts :

Dennis DeWitt, Field Specialist, (712) 336-3488, dewitt@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu