Iowans interested in learning more about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend an open house on the farm of Eric Kerkman and family in eastern Iowa on November 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The open house will feature a new monoslope cattle barn. The Kerkman farm is located at 7027 31st Avenue or approximately one mile west of Atkins, Iowa.
The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF), Summit Livestock Facilities, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Benton County Cattlemen. The event is open to the public and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
The open house will showcase the economic development that new livestock farms create, and it will highlight how modern livestock buildings enhance animal care and safeguard the environment. The Kerkman family will offer tours of the new facility, explain how livestock is raised and demonstrate the latest technology used in cattle feeding. "This is a great opportunity for cattlemen to see a working cattle building and talk directly to farmers who are using it successfully," says Ed Leman, beef specialist for Summit Livestock Facilities.
More Iowa cattle producers are moving away from open feedlots
Experts from CSIF will be available to provide insight into interpreting the government rules and regulations impacting animal agriculture. CSI staff will also explain how livestock producers can enhance relationships with neighbors and choose good locations for new barns and feedlots. CSIF consultation and assistance is available to farm families at no charge.
"This event provides a valuable opportunity for farmers to learn more about various cattle production systems," says Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director. "Many Iowa cattle feeders have moved away from open lots and are now using hoop or monoslope buildings. If you are curious about the benefits of raising cattle under roof, or have questions on how to get started, this is an event you don't want to miss."
CSIF is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.