AMES, Iowa – Beef feedlot managers and employees looking for an educational program to develop and enhance their skills may consider a new offering from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University. IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said the “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course” will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in a variety of areas, along with sessions at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada.
“We’re bringing experts from three universities to provide in-depth information on feed, data management, bunk management and health issues,” Lundy said. “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 Aug. 8 through noon on Aug. 10. The $500 per person registration fee is all-inclusive, covering lodging, transportation to and from classroom facilities and local feedlots, and meals. The registration deadline is Aug. 1 and any cancellation requesting a refund also must be received by midnight Aug.1.
“Because our agenda was designed with managers and employees in mind, we anticipate high interest,” Lundy said. “People who want to attend need to act quickly because registration is limited to 30 participants.”
The course presenters are
- Robbi Pritchard, feedlot researcher, South Dakota State University
- Dan Thomson, professor of production medicine, Kansas State University
- Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
- Dr. Grant Dewell, beef veterinarian, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
- Erika Lundy, extension beef program specialist, Iowa Beef Center
Short course topics 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 certification
- Chute side BQA and feedlot self-assessments
- Data management
- Acclimating new calves
- Feedlot nutrition
The event flyer has program details, registration form, links to the event website and short course location map.
For questions on the short course content or lodging contact Lundy at email@example.com. For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of registration contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.