Feedlot Forum 2016 to focus on pressing issues

Feedlot Forum 2016 to focus on pressing issues

Beef cattle producers should plan to attend annual event Jan. 19 at Sioux Center in northwest Iowa.

Feedlot Forum 2016 is an annual event for Iowa beef producers, but very little in the cattle industry seems to be annual or "regular" these days.

"The 2016 forum will be held in northwest Iowa and we will discuss the latest pressures feedlot cattle producers are facing," says Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist. "That list of pressures includes defending agriculture, sustainability, competitiveness, drug use for cattle, and profitability are real issues challenging today's beef producers."

CHALLENGING TIMES: The 2016 Iowa Feedlot Forum on January 19 will feature top-notch speakers discussing the latest issues beef cattle producers are facing. Such as defending agriculture, sustainability, competitiveness, drug use for cattle and cattle profitability -- real issues challenging today's beef producers.

To be held Tuesday, January 19 in northwest Iowa
Feedlot Forum 2016 is set for Tuesday, January 19 at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center in northwest Iowa. The forum will run from 8:30 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. The program features more than 20 trade show exhibitors and includes the following presentations by industry experts. 

•Dr. Gary Sides, technical services nutritionist for Zoetis, speaks on "Modern Ag in a Facebook Culture"

•Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, executive director of global sustainability for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, asks, "Is Beef Production Sustainable?"

•Lee Schulz, Iowa State University Extension livestock market economist, talks about the status of the Iowa feedlot industry

•Dr. Mike Apley with production medicine/clinical pharmacology at Kansas State University, speaks on implementing the veterinary feed directive

•Carl Babler, senior hedge specialist with Atten Babler Commodities, reports "Feeding Cattle in a Global Market: Situation and Outlook"

•Steve Rehder and Kent Pruismann, board members with the Iowa Beef Industry Council, talk about why we need the Beef Checkoff

•District 1 Director Craig Moss with Iowa Cattlemen's Association gives the District One ICA update

Registrations are due January 12 to the ISU Extension office
Registration is $25 per person with student registration $10 per person. Registrations are due January 12 to the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Sioux County. For more information, contact Beth Doran at 712-737-4230 or email [email protected]. The program flier is available on the Iowa Beef Center website iowabeefcenter.org/events/FeedlotForum2016.pdf

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 Ag & Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For information about IBC, visit iowabeefcenter.org.

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