AMES, Iowa – The 2019 Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 6-8 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Erika Lundy said the goal of the event is to optimize participant learning through exposure to new technology, research and best management practices, and the best way to accomplish this is in a small group setting with a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction.
"Because this short course is designed specifically for feedlot managers, employees and industry, the attendance limit is 30," Lundy said. "We feel this is the best way to provide in-depth information on nutrition basics, data management, feed bunk management and health issues, but still be able to answer questions at any stage."
Sessions will be at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa.
The program runs from 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 through noon on Thursday, Aug. 8. For questions on the short course content contact Lundy at email@example.com or IBC director Dan Loy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 short course topics include:
- Bunk management and the basics of starting cattle on feed.
- Feed mixing demonstration and evaluation.
- Feedlot nutrition.
- Managing and identifying cattle health issues in the feedlot.
- Facility design and cattle handling.
- Data management.
This year's presenters are:
- Bill Couser, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa.
- Dr. Garland Dahlke, associate scientist, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University.
- Dr. Terry Engelken, associate professor, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University.
- Shane Jurgensen, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa.
- Dr. Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and extension beef specialist, Iowa State University.
- Erika Lundy, Iowa State extension beef specialist, Iowa Beef Center.
- Dr. Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, South Dakota.
- Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology, Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University.
The $350 per person registration fee includes transportation between designated hotel and course locations and meals listed on the agenda. The registration deadline is midnight, July 30 or when the course limit of 30 is reached, whichever occurs first. Any cancellation requesting a refund must also be received by midnight, July 30. All registrations must be done by either online registration or submitting registration form with payment. Substitutions are allowed.
See the short course website for registration information, requirements, and links at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/feedlot.
Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements, if needed. A block of rooms is available at the Sleep Inn & Suites, 1310 Dickinson Ave, Ames for those wishing to stay in Ames. Call 515-337-1171 for reservations.
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