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Finishing Cattle Can Be Profitable


This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


An ISU Extension project in southwest Iowa is proving that finishing cattle can be profitable in Iowa. The Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) program provides research information to consigners and feedlots and also stimulates the area’s economy.


Gregory Feedlots, one of 11 in the program, has used program findings to make changes in its cattle handling and implant practices and to maintain its ration management and marketing program.


“We are involved in the program because of the education it provides our feedlot, as well as the business it brings,” said David Trowbridge, Gregory Feedlots manager. “Tri-County gives area feedlots a common project, and we’re building working relationships on that. Because ISU Extension is trusted nationally, this program benefits the entire southwest Iowa cattle infrastructure by bringing cattle to the program from Iowa and other parts of the country.”


Paul Ackley, a TCSCF board member and consigner, said, “It gives me good, hard figures for making herd decisions and confidence to make those decisions.”


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu