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Meeting set to address contemporary feedlot issues

By Staff | Mar 11, 2014

PRIMGHAR – Iowa State University Extension, the O’Brien County Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are partnering to offer a meeting for area beef producers and agribusiness staff at 7 p.m. on March 25 at the Primghar Community Center located on the corner of 1st Street N.E. and Hayes Avenue.

“These are important issues that will impact area beef producers,” said Beth Doran, an ISU Extension beef program specialist. “They will affect how our beef producers both manage and market cattle.”

The featured topics and speakers are:

1). Iowa Department of Natural Resources Work Plan for Beef Feedlots, by DNR staff from field office 3.

2). Pro-active approach to feed yard assessments (care and handling), Doug Bear, director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

3). Market situation and outlook, by Kooima and Kaemingk Commodities Inc.

The DNR is operating under a new work plan committed to environmental improvement.

This involves a comprehensive survey of all large concentrated animal feeding operations and medium-size animal feeding operations within five years.

The survey may be either an on-site inspection or desk-top evaluation and is estimated to involve 8,500 facilities in Iowa.

Consumers want to know how the beef they consume is raised.

To address this need, the National Beef Quality Assurance program is now offering materials to help a feedlot producer document how their cattle are managed and cared for.

These materials are available from the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Market prices will be a priority question for attendees. Prices for both feeder animals and market-ready animals have reached record levels.

Will feedlots and cow-calf producers continue to see high prices or are the markets positioned for a downturn?

Will consumers continue to buy beef at current prices or will they opt for other meats?

There is no fee to attend, but participants are encouraged to pre-register by March 21 with the O’Brien County Extension office at (712) 957-5045 or e-mail mrehder@iastate.edu in order to prepare materials and refreshments.

For more information on the meeting, contact Dave Grooters, O’Brien County Cattlemen’s board member, (712) 348-1960 or Beth Doran, ISU Extension beef program specialist (712) 737-4230.

See this program and other local programming from ISU Extension at www.extension.iastate.edu/obrien.

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