Beef producers in northwest Iowa who haven’t yet completed a feedlot assessment are invited to learn about the process at one of two remaining field days offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in July. ISU Extension beef program specialist Beth Doran says these Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days are provided in partnership with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, and focus on educating feedlot operators about the Beef Quality Assurance feedyard self-assessment.
“We will score the processing area for working cattle, bunk and water management, and animal and pen cleanliness, and discuss the importance of a veterinary-client-patient relationship,” she says. “At the conclusion of the field day, each participant will be Beef Quality Assurance certified.”
Doug Bear, director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, says the field days will build on the success of earlier BQA training sessions, including two held in northwest Iowa in early June.
More than a marketing tool, BQA provides a number of benefits
“All of the participants at the first two feedlot assessment field days reported they now understand the importance of the feedlot self-assessment,” Bear says. “BQA is more than a marketing tool. The self-assessments help improve animal performance, increase employee morale, and assure the consumer that the beef they eat is produced sustainably and with care to ensure animal welfare.”
Each field day begins at 10 a.m. and lasts for an hour. Doran encourages people to preregister to ensure adequate supplies and refreshments for all attendees.
Field day dates, locations and preregistration information follow.
•July 8 field day is at Winter Feedlots, Inc., 17638 Fir Avenue, Akron. RSVP to Janelle Johnson, Plymouth County ISU Extension and Outreach, 712-546-7835.
•July 13 field day is at Ron and Clayton Christensen feedlot, 3965 170th Avenue, Spencer. RSVP to Sarah Dirks, Clay County ISU Extension and Outreach, 712-262-2264.
For more information, contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or Bear at 515-296-2305. The Iowa Beef Center at ISU was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from ISU Extension, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.