Cattle feeders and agribusiness professionals are encouraged to attend Feedlot Forum 2015 on Jan. 22 at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The forum runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features timely presentations on changes affecting northwest Iowa feedlot producers. It 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 particularly in ag policy, environmental regulations, corn coproducts, cattle welfare and market prices. This year's forum will address major changes directly impacting feedlot producers," says Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist.
Kristina Butts, executive director of legislative affairs for National Cattlemen's Beef Association, will lead off with a discussion on ag policy and federal regulations impacting cattle producers. She will share an update on major issues, such as the 2014 Farm Bill and the EPA's proposed new Waters of the United States regulation. Matt Deppe, chief executive of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, will provide insight 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. Hans Coetzee, a professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Production Animal Medicine at ISU, 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 both feeder cattle and market-ready cattle. Andrew Gottschalk, owner of Hedgers Edge and a vice president at RJ O'Brien & Associates, will explain where cattle prices have been and project where they might be headed. Also, to help producers cope with market volatility, Lauren Kaemingk of Kooima & Kaemingk Commodities will explain tools and strategies you can use to manage risk involved in purchasing feeder cattle and corn and in marketing finished animals. Registration fee is $25 per person. For more information, visit the Iowa Beef Center website.
Iowa Beef Center (IBC) 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 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and 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.