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Feedlot Forum theme is ‘Change’

By Staff | Jan 10, 2015

ORANGE CITY – Cattle feeders and agri business professionals are invited to Feedlot Forum 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 22 at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The forum features timely presentations on changes affecting northwest Iowa feedlot producers and includes a trade show displaying new products and services in animal health, cattle nutrition, manure management, beef facilities, and livestock equipment.

“The beef industry is undergoing a lot of change, ag policy, corn co-products, cattle welfare and market prices,” said Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist. This year’s forum will address major changes directly impacting feedlot producers.

Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kristina Butts will lead with a discussion surrounding ag policy and federal regulations impacting feedlot producers. Butts will share an update on major issues, such as the farm bill and waters of the United States.

Chief Executive Officer for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Matt Deppe will present a brief update on issues pertaining specifically to Iowa producers.

Erika Lundy, graduate student with the Iowa Beef Center at ISU, will present the results from research involving new corn coproducts and their feed value. Because corn coproducts on the market today have been further refined, they contain differing levels of oil and protein than previously was available.

Big changes are on the horizon for beef cattle welfare, too. Associate Professor of ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Production Animal Medicine, Hans Coetzee, will talk about the use of anesthetics and analgesics to mitigate pain associated with common practices such as dehorning and castration.

In 2014, cattle producers witnessed historically high prices for feeder and market ready cattle. Andrew Gottschalk, owner of Hedgers Edge and senior vice president for RJ O’Brien and Associates, will explain where cattle prices have been and project where they might be headed.

To help cattle producers cope with market volatility, Market Analyst, Lauren Kaemingk of Kooima and Kaemingk Commodities will offer tools and strategies producers can use to manage risk involved in purchasing feeder cattle and corn and marketing finished animals. The registration fee of $25 per person is due at the Sioux County Extension Office by Thursday. See the brochure. For more information, contact Doran at (712) 737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.

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