SHELDON, Iowa – Cattlemen, other open feedlot producers and related industry staff in northwest Iowa are invited to an open house to address water quality issues on March 30.
The meeting will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the City Hall, 416 Ninth St. in Sheldon.
"This meeting is designed to bring together all the resources that can help producers aluate their current feedlot operation and identify ways to improve their lots," said John Lawrence, director of the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University.
Producers can get answers to their questions on everything from planning an open feedlot to funding improvements.
“We want to build off the success of a similar meeting which more than 150 people attended in Carroll County,” said Ken Hessenius, supervisor of the Spencer DNR field office.
Producers are encouraged to attend a short opening session and registration, then rotate through any of eight different stations designed to answer their questions about stewardship, management and technical issues.
“I would just encourage producers to take the initiative to get things done properly at their feedlot and this is the place to get the needed information and learn who to contact with questions,” said Evan Vermeer, vice president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. “It’s also a chance to pick up ideas from other producers on successful lot designs and maintenance.”
Topics include site planning, technical advice and resources, feedlot design, operation and maintenance, funding and financing sources, producer success stories, expectations, the economic benefit of manure and monitoring results/data.
Lawrence added that there is a lot of interest in expanding feedlots and in improving feedlot design to improve cattle performance and environmental protection.
The Open House is co-sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
More information on the topics is available on the DNR Web site at www.iowadnr.com