The Iowa Cattlemen's Association will hold four regional meetings around the state, beginning later this month. This year, the regional meetings will have a strong state and federal legislative focus. Candidates for U.S. House and Senate races, as well as candidates running in state legislative races, have been invited to the meetings.
Each evening meeting will begin at 5:30 with networking time and a meal that will be served at 6:15. Following the meal, there will be a short ICA legislative update. After that, candidates attending the event can introduce themselves, and ICA members can questions candidates about their legislative priorities for the upcoming session.
Meeting dates and locations are:
Southeast Region - Monday, Aug. 25 - Mary Marr Lodge, 2943 Hwy. 92, Ainsworth.
Northwest Region - Tuesday, Sept. 2 - Hartley Community Center, 820 2nd St. NE, Hartley.
Southwest Region - Thursday, Sept. 4 - Audubon Golf & Country Club, 520 S. Division St., Audubon.
Northeast Region - Monday, Sept. 8 - Edgewood Locker Event Center, 303 No. Washington St., Edgewood.
ICA is requesting reservations in order to plan meal counts most efficiently. Please call 515-296-2266 until the day before the meeting you plan to attend with the number of people who will be attending with you. ICA represents 10,000 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."
ICA bull test starts 30th year; reservations due Sept. 5
In other news, the 2015 Iowa Cattlemen's Association bull tests and sales will mark the 30th anniversary of this ICA service, which is well-known by both seedstock and commercial cattle producers.
The performance bull test in Iowa was originally under the direction of the Iowa Beef Improvement Association (IBIA). In July 1985, IBIA dissolved and the performance testing program was merged into the ICA committee structure. The program has performance tested more than 7,250 elite bulls in its 30 year history. Open heifers were added to the program in 1999 and more than 775 head have been offered for sale in the past 16 years.
The ICA Bull Evaluation Program has a long reputation of offering elite genetics to commercial breeders and other purebred producers. By participating in the program, seedstock producers, whether they have a small or large operation, can benchmark their genetics and compare their outcomes with those from other herds. Also, there is a private reservation option which may be especially beneficial for smaller producers interested in a cost-effective way of gathering ultrasound and performance data on their herd, while reserving the right to take their stock home after the evaluation.
Reservations for ICA's Bull Evaluation Program are on a first come, first serve basis. Both consignment and private reservations for fall-born and spring-born bulls will be taken through Sept. 5, or until pens are full. Heifer reservations can be made through Nov. 3, or until pens are full. The fall bulls will be fed and evaluated at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, while the spring bulls and open heifers will be delivered to the Van Meter Feedyard near Guthrie Center.
Superior genetics come from this program
The superior genetics that come from this program are offered to commercial cattle producers at three sales in Iowa auction barns next spring: March 16 at Bloomfield Livestock, Bloomfield; March 27 at Dunlap Livestock, Dunlap; and May 1 at Tama Livestock, Tama.
Throughout the test history, the Bull Evaluation Program committee has always strived to give bull and heifer buyers and seedstock producers more information to assist in their genetic selection process. The program has undergone continuous improvement from being part of selection clinics, to adding ultrasound data and pelvic measurements, to including PI-BVD testing for all enrolled cattle and adding new EPDs and indexes.
About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents about 10,000 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."