Cattle Facilities Tour Features Buildings, Management and Manure Strategies

VINTON, Iowa — East central Iowa beef producers are invited to a Jones County “Cattle Facility Tour” on Aug. 22. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab said the tour will provide timely information on raising cattle in monoslope buildings, hoop barns and open lots.

“This tour will help producers learn about raising beef cattle responsibly and successfully, while meeting regulatory demands and enhancing their cattle management skills,” Schwab said. “They’ll also learn about capturing manure value, enhancing neighbor relationships and identifying best locations for new facilities.”

The tour begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Marty Burlage farm north of Monticello at 3358 333rd Ave. and continues to the Adam and Craig Manternach farm and the Todd Bergfeld farm south of Cascade. Following the tour, the northeast regional meeting of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cascade at 6 p.m. A meal is part of this meeting.

Coordinators of the educational tours include the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), ICA and ISU Extension. Staff from CSIF, ICA and ISU Extension; local sponsors; and the farmers themselves will present information on effective management strategies for their farms, the economic incentives that make cattle feeding an attractive business option for Iowa farmers and more. Learn how each cattle farmer manages the cattle, the facility and the manure in the barn or in the lot.

There is no cost to attend the tour or for the meal thanks to sponsorship from Accu-Steel Cover Buildings, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Commander Buildings, Iowa Beef Systems, Merck Animal Health, Merial Animal Health and Stahlberg Concrete. For more information, tour directions or information on how to register, contact Schwab by email at or by phone at 319-721-9624.