Iowa Cattlemen Schedule December Convention

Iowa Cattlemen Schedule December Convention

If you raise cattle or are interested in beef production, mark your calendar now to attend the 2011 Iowa Cattlemen's Association annual convention. It's Dec. 12-14 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association will hold its annual convention Dec. 12-14 at The Meadows Event & Conference Center in Altoona. The conference center is part of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

"The theme of this meeting is 'What's in Your Cards?' and we are going to show our members and other attendees the options they can play as ICA meets its mission to 'Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education', says ICA president Ross Havens of Wiota. "The sessions being planned are sure to deliver good information to cattle producers."

On Monday December 12, a pre-convention event will include a Cattlemen's College, hosted by Pfizer Animal Health. The program will feature Dr. Dee Griffin, feedlot production management veterinarian and professor at the University of Nebraska's Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center. His topic will cover feed yard health and management issues.

Feedlot tour of three Story County farms will look at building options

A feed yard tour of three farms in Story County will be held after the Cattlemen's College to look at the various building options. The tour will include Longnecker Cattle Company of Ames, which has a hoop building; Sampson Farms of Nevada, which has a modified hoop, or non-confined hoop with an open lot; and Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, which has a monoslope and AT (alternative technology) system.

The evening of the pre-convention event will include a presentation about the economics of feed yard production in buildings, along with a producer panel.

The ICA annual convention activities begin Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Info Expo, which includes several educational sessions will begin at 10 a.m. Other activities that day include a trade show, awards luncheon, policy committee meetings, and a dinner where the ICA Hall of Fame recipient will be announced, and ICA will kick-off its 40th Anniversary year. The Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation auction will finish the evening.

Annual business meetings of ICA and IBIC; cattle producer trade show

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, attendees can continue to talk with vendors in the trade show, as well as attend the annual business meetings of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Early registration for the ICA annual convention will save attendees $35 per person. If you register by Nov. 28, registration will be $115; after that the cost rises to $150. Registration costs includes four meals, the trade show and all educational sessions. The pre-convention event is free of charge, but registration is required so meal numbers can be properly anticipated.

Register for the conference at or mail in the registration form included in October, November and December issues of Iowa Cattleman magazine. ICA represents about 9,500 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is "Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."

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