Feedlot owners, dairy producers and their employees are invited to an Animal Care and Handling Seminar for beef and dairy on November 22, 2011 in northwest Iowa. It will take place at Tri-State Livestock Auction in Sioux Center.
Featured presenter is Sandhills Cattle Consultants Inc. president Kip Lukasiewicz, who will discuss and demonstrate low-stress cattle handling techniques. Lukasiewicz also is an assistant to nationally recognized cattle handling expert Tom Noffsinger.
Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Beth Doran says the seminar will provide a unique opportunity for producers to learn about a timely topic and be able to put the information to use in their operations. "The issue of animal welfare is at our back door. Some states, such as Nebraska, will have animal welfare proposals on the November election ballot," Doran says. "Producers need to be pro-active toward animal welfare for a number of reasons and this seminar will help provide needed information."
Need to learn about animal welfare, be pro-active toward handling issues
During the seminars, Lukasiewicz will demonstrate and explain how to settle a set of calves and calmly move them. "Animal handling affects not only profitability, but also employee morale and safety," Lukasiewicz says. "How you interact with the animal and the amount of stress in the animal can affect the end product for the consumer."
ISU Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell will share with attendees the impact of stress upon animal health. "Animals that are stressed do not eat or drink as much," he said. "This can affect their overall health and reduce their immune response."
Doug Bear, director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC), will round out the speaker slate with a discussion of good management practices related to beef and dairy quality assurance. "The consumer expects meat and milk that is safe, wholesome and high quality," he said.
Topics will be identical, but afternoon seminar will be offered in Spanish
Two sessions, morning and afternoon, will be held. Topics will be identical, but the afternoon seminar will be offered in Spanish for Hispanic employees and operators. Participants attending either session will be Beef Quality Assurance certified. The morning session runs from 9 a.m. through lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon session begins with lunch at 12:30 and concludes at 5 p.m.
Registration for either of the Animal Handling and Care sessions is $10 per person to cover refreshments and noon lunch. This low fee is made possible through grants from the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at ISU, IBIC and local sponsorship. The seminar brochure with agenda, speaker and registration information is available on the IBC website.
For more information on the Animal Handling and Care Seminars, contact Doran by phone at 712-737-4230 or by email at [email protected]. Registrations are due Nov. 16 to the O'Brien County Extension Office, 340 2nd St. SE, P.O. Box 99, Primghar, Iowa 51245.