Extension News

Sioux County Feedlot Tour June 17

6/7/2008

AMES, Iowa --  A special tour featuring feedlots less than 1,000 head will be held June 17 in the Ireton/Hawarden area of Sioux County from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feedlot producers and agri-business staff are invited to learn about growing the cattle-feeding operation successfully and responsibly.

“Two key items will be featured in this tour -- the Sixmile Creek Watershed Project and the Small Iowa Feedlot Plan,” states Beth Doran, ISU Extension Beef Field Specialist. “The Sixmile Creek Watershed Project, administered by Sioux County Natural Resources Conservation Service, is designed to help feedlot producers implement practices that enhance water quality and includes financial assistance. The Small Iowa Feedlot Plan is a statewide effort to help feedlots with less than a 1,000 head incorporate management and technology that will protect the environment and enhance cattle feeding.”

Participants will visit three operations -- the Glen Zwart feedlot, the Larry Schuller farm and the Sylvan Byker feedlot. All three feedlots are non-permitted yards that are going through expansion or construction. Participants will learn about regulatory compliance, bio-security and effective feedlot management. Other topics include neighbor relations, identifying best locations for feedlot facilities and economic incentives that that make cattle feeding an attractive business option.

The tour is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center, Sioux County Natural Resources Conservation Service, Coalition to
Support Iowa’s Farmers, Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. For a brochure or to register,
contact the Sioux County Extension Office at (712) 737-4230 or the Sioux County Natural Resources Conservation Service at (712) 737-2253. Registration is $15/person and due by June 12 or $25/person thereafter. For more information, contact Doran at (712) 737-4230.

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It serves as the university’s extension program to cattle producers and is comprised of faculty and staff from ISU Extension and the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Together, the Iowa Beef Center’s members work to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. To learn more, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

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Contacts :

Beth Doran, Field Specialist, (712) 737-4230, doranb@iastate.edu

Taylor Gerling, Iowa Beef Center communications specialist
(515) 294-9124, tgerling@iastate.edu