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Feedlot series focus on management, techniques

By Staff | May 18, 2014

LEWIS – Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center are preparing for the ISU Feedlot School to be held this summer at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.

The series will meet six times, twice in June and then once monthly in July through October.

The series kicks off on June 12 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center/Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, with a presentation on record keeping with the updated version of IBC’s Feedlot Monitoring Program.

The registration fee is $150 per person for the entire series.

For more information or to register contact Leann Plowman-Tibken by email at (712) 769-2600.

Extension beef program specialist Chris Clark said this educational series will provide information about numerous aspects of feedlot management including record keeping, risk management, animal health, nutrition, environmental stewardship, and animal handling.

“I have tried to plan a pretty comprehensive program that includes several important topics for feedlot producers,” Clark said. “The curriculum should be educational for anyone involved in the day to day management of a feedlot.

“I have also tried to include a few opportunities for practice, demonstration, and interaction.”

The program will feature ISU speakers including Lee Schulz, a livestock economist; Shane Ellis, a farm management program specialist; Dan Loy, IBC director; and Jan Shearer, a professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine.

Other highlights include a low-stress cattle handling demonstration by Kip Lukasiewicz from Production Animal Consultation; BQA presentation and certification with Doug Bear from the Iowa Beef Industry Council; and a field trip to Ames to visit several sites including the College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and the animal science department.

“We plan to have computers for participants to use so they can actually practice with the program and get a feel for setting things up and inputting data,” Clark said. “Garland Dahlke, from the IBC, will then help us input a group of research cattle that we will be feeding here at the farm.

“We should then be able to track them through the entire feeding period.”

The agenda for the first session features a presentation on risk management strategies by Schulz.

“Given recent market volatility, narrow profit margin of the feedlot industry, and the high input costs,” Clark said, “risk management might be more important than ever.

“Lee will do a nice job of explaining the different risk management tools that are available to producers.”

Future session topics include animal health management, starting cattle on feed, environmental stewardship including an update on the Environmental Protection Agency and Iowa Department of Natural Resources work plan, animal handling and feedlot audits.

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