North Central Iowa Beef Cattle Facilities Tour Set

GARNER, Iowa – North central Iowa beef producers can learn more about raising cattle in monoslope buildings, slatted deep pit barns and open lots in an Aug. 23 tour in eastern Mitchell County. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef specialist Russ Euken said the tour, which begins at 10:30 a.m., includes stops at four distinctly different operations.

“We’ll start at the Bob Noble farm near Riceville with the first tour stop followed by lunch,” Euken said. “Three more stops are scheduled for the afternoon.”

The Noble farm is located two miles west of Riceville at 3170 Hwy 9.

Tour sponsors are ISU Extension, Iowa Beef Center (IBC), the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), Mitchell County Cattlemen and the Osage Cooperative Elevator. Staff from ISU Extension and CSIF and the producer hosts at each location will present a variety of information to attendees, ranging from managing cattle, facilities and manure in different operational set-ups to locating and identifying optimal locations for new facilities. A detailed agenda is available on the IBC website.

There’s no cost to attend the tour or for the meal thanks to the sponsors, but people need to register to ensure an adequate meal count. Contact ISU Extension in Mitchell County by phone at 641-732-5574 or email at to reserve a meal. For more information, contact Euken by phone at 641-923-2856 or by email