HAMPTON, Iowa -- The Second Annual North Central Iowa Beef Conference will be held in Hampton on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the conference center on the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Separate adult producer and youth education programs will be held in addition to commercial exhibits on display. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. with the program to start at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn at 3:30 pm.
Ron Plain, economist, the University of Missouri, will discuss factors affecting beef markets and outlook. John Lawrence, director of the Iowa Beef Industry Center at Iowa State University (ISU), will look at Iowa’s opportunities in the beef industry and how producers can capitalize on those advantages.
Dr. Dan Goehl, a veterinarian from Canton, Mo., will provide information on a group of producers that work together in a Missouri Verified Beef group to add value to their individual cattle operations. Other topics will center on forages for pasture, the economics of grazing pasture and the use of distillers grains for beef cattle. The $5 registration fee includes a noon meal and proceedings.
Youth in grades 4 through 12 who want to participate in the youth program can do so at no charge, but they need to pre-register by Jan. 6, by contacting the Franklin County Extension office at (641) 456-4811 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics for interactive youth sessions include current issues, meat cut identification and cooking, cattle nutrition, reproduction and genetics.
The conference is sponsored by ISU Extension, the Iowa Beef Center and nine county cattle associations in North Central Iowa. For more information producers and youth can contact their county extension office or Russ Euken at (641) 923-2856 or email@example.com.