Iowa Beef Center Announces 2018 Beef Feedlot Short Course

The short course will provide classroom and hands-on instruction on a variety of topics

June 11, 2018, 10:15 am | Erika Lundy

beef cattle at feed trough.AMES, Iowa – Based on the success of the initial beef feedlot short course in 2017, Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has planned a second event set for July 31-Aug. 2 in Ames. IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said the 2018 “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course” will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in a variety of topics, along with sessions at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada.

“Just as for our first short course last year, we’re bringing in outside experts to help provide in-depth information on feed, data management, bunk management and health issues,” Lundy said. “We received many good comments and helpful feedback from our first group of participants, which helped us decide to move forward with the event again this year.”

Lundy said the attendance limit remains at 30 to encourage networking between attendees and presenters, and to allow demonstrations to be interactive and hands-on for all. Participants also will become Beef Quality Assurance certified during this short course.

The program will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, and runs from 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, through noon on Aug. 2. The $350 per person registration fee covers transportation to and from classroom facilities and local feedlots, handouts and meals. The registration deadline is midnight, July 24 or if the course limit of 30 is reached. Any cancellation requesting a refund must also be received by midnight, July 24. See the short course website for registration information and links at

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.

“Because our agenda was designed with managers and employees in mind, we anticipate high interest again this year,” Lundy said. “People who want to attend need to act quickly to ensure their registration.”

Short course presenters:

  •     Dr. Chris Clark, beef specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  •     Bill Couser, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa
  •     Dr. Garland Dahlke, assistant scientist, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
  •     Dr. Grant Dewell, beef veterinarian, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  •     Dr. Terry Engelken, associate professor, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University
  •     Dr. Jenna Funk, post-doctoral research associate, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University
  •     Dr. Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
  •     Erika Lundy, extension program specialist, Iowa Beef Center
  •     Dr. Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, South Dakota
  •     Dr. Dan Thomson, professor of production medicine, Kansas State University

Topics that will be covered at the short course include:

  •     Bunk management and the basics of starting cattle on feed
  •     Feed mixing demonstration and evaluation
  •     Managing and identifying cattle health issues in the feedlot and confinement
  •     Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification
  •     Facility design and chute side BQA
  •     Data management
  •     Acclimating new calves
  •     Feedlot nutrition

Visit for online registration and additional course details.


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