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2017 Feedlot Forum to focus on lingering issues

By Staff | Dec 20, 2016

SIOUX CENTER – The new year is a time of new beginnings, but beef feedlot producers know that much of their future is quite uncertain.

To help them learn more about what they need to know and the decisions they need to make, these issues – new Veterinary Feed Directive, feedlot assessments, market volatility, market prices and industry updates – will be center stage at Feedlot Forum 2017.

The event is set for an 8:30 a.m. start Jan. 17 at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The day includes a trade show.

Registration is $25 per person, with a special reduced rate of $10 for students. People should register at the Sioux County Extension office by Jan. 12.

Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Beth Doran said all the issues to be covered continue to be timely to the industry.

Market volatility especially is a concern, with historical extremes from record high prices to fed cattle prices of less than $100 per hundredweight.

“This is why we’re having David Lehman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group present a CME update,” Doran said. “We know everyone is concerned, but the real question is how to correct the huge volatility in the market. He’ll help us understand the current situation and how to think about the future.”

Other topics and nationally recognized presenters at Feedlot Forum 2017 include:

A). Veterinary Feed Directive: What the Producer Needs to Know, by Dr. Grant Dewell, an ISU veterinarian.

B). What’s on the Packer’s Horizon?, by Lora Wright, of Tyson Foods.

C). Taking Control of Your Cattle Price, by Carl Babler, Atten and Babler Commodities LLC.

D). The Beef Checkoff Program Update, by Doug Bear and Kent Pruismann, Iowa Beef Industry Council.

E). ICA Update, by Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

F). District 1 ICA Update, by Craig Moss, director, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

“This year’s forum features 26 trade show exhibitors – a record,” Doran said. “They are all in tune with and supportive of the topics that will be presented.”

Feedlot Forum 2017 is co-hosted by ISU Extension, Iowa Beef Center, and the Sioux, Lyon, Plymouth and Iowa Cattlemen’s Associations.

Special highlights include a steak dinner and a $10 beef certificate to each attendee.

The event brochure contains the complete agenda, list of sponsors and registration form.

For more informatio contact the Sioux County Extension office at (712) 737-4230.

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