Iowans interested in learning more about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend an open house at the Lee Crock farm on Thursday, December 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Crock farm is located at 1185 200th Avenue, Mechanicsville, Iowa.
The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF), Iowa Beef Systems, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, the Cedar County Cattlemen and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. The open house features a new monoslope cattle barn, is open to the public and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
The open house will showcase the economic development new livestock farms create while highlighting how modern livestock buildings enhance animal care and safeguard the environment. The Crock family will offer tours of the new facility, explain how livestock is raised and demonstrate the latest technology used in cattle feeding. "This is a perfect opportunity for cattlemen to see what feeding cattle in a monoslope building is like and talk directly to farmers who are using it successfully," says Mark Ehresman, with Iowa Beef systems.
CSIF staff available to provide answers regarding rules and regulations
Experts from CSIF will also be available to provide insight into interpreting rules and regulations impacting animal agriculture, enhancing relationships with neighbors and choosing good locations for new barns and feedlots. CSIF assistance is available to farm families at no charge.
"This event will showcase the economic development new livestock farms create while highlighting how modern livestock buildings enhance animal care and safeguard the environment," says Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director. "If you are curious about the benefits of raising cattle under roof, or have questions on how to get started, this is an event you don't want to miss."
CSIF is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.
CSIF provides no-cost assistance to Iowa livestock farmers
"We've seen a definite uptick in the number of farmers under age 35 who have expressed interest in getting into farming," says Waddingham. "With the significant amount of capital required to purchase land and with land prices at an all-time high these days, many young people are finding that raising livestock and poultry provides an opportunity for them to accomplish their goal of returning to the family farm and raising their own family."He says CSIF also welcomes calls from farmers and would-be farmers who wonder about rules and regulations. "If you are unsure if you're in compliance or not, but afraid if you ask there will be a fine or other negative repercussion, you can ask us and we will get you an answer and we are confidential