Iowa Lakes Community College, in cooperation with the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, has developed a Beef Feedlot Technician short course. In just six weeks, the new course educates participants on safety recommendations, animal handling principles, and general equipment maintenance to prepare them for the industry. This community college has several locations in northwest Iowa.
The joint project was initiated when the issue of securing competent employees in the Iowa beef industry surfaced at producer-focused listening sessions held in March of 2014. ICA members shared their challenges finding suitable employees that could safely handle livestock, haul manure and balance rations. During the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, the association adopted policy supporting the development of curriculum for Iowa's beef industry employees. Since then, an appointed working group provided recommendations for course objectives and learning outcomes for the course.
Creating a supply of competent employees for Iowa feedlots
"We anticipate the Iowa Lakes short course will generate a supply of competent employees for Iowa's feedlot operators in an efficient and economical way," says Jim Christensen, ICA member and feedlot operator from Royal, Iowa.
The Beef Feedlot Technician course is open to current employees as well as potential industry recruits. The course will be held during evening hours to provide flexibility and financial resources are available through GAP funding. Interested parties should contact the admissions office at Iowa Lakes Community College at 800-521-5054 for more information regarding enrollment.
Reminder: Iowa cattle convention Dec. 8-9 in Des Moines
In other news from ICA this week, the organization issued a reminder that the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention will be held Dec. 8-9, 2015 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. ICA invites all cattle producers to come for a few days of education, networking and the opportunity to talk to cattle producers from around the state. All cattle producers are welcome to attend the Iowa Cattlemen's annual convention; you don't have to be an ICA member to attend.
The theme of this year's meeting is "Share Your Story." For more than 40 years, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association has been working side-by-side with cattle producers around the state to deliver educational and informational programs, as well as representing their interests with regulatory bodies and legislative efforts. The convention in December will focus on ways that cattlemen can share their story with legislators, consumers, and each other to grow Iowa's cattle business. There are great educational programs planned for feeders, cow-calf operations and seedstock.
Discount for early registration ends Nov. 27; register now
ICIC attendees have some registration options. Early registration ends at 5 p.m. on Nov. 27. Those who register before that time can enjoy all convention events and meals during the two days for just $75. Full registrations after that time will be $125. There are also daily registrations available for $50 if made before Nov. 27. Again, after that time the cost goes up to $75 for a one-day registration.
The Airport Holiday Inn Des Moines has special room pricing of $88 per night for the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention with reservations made by Nov. 27. The hotel and convention center are all located under one roof, providing ease and comfort for participation. Book hotel reservations online at www.holidayinn.com/dsm-airport using group code ICA or call 515-287-2400 and mention 'Iowa Cattlemen.' Do you have questions? Call 515-296-2266. Note: you can Register online here.