Northwest Iowa Meeting To Address Current Feedlot Issues

Northwest Iowa Meeting To Address Current Feedlot Issues

Iowa DNR's new work plan to regulate cattle feedlot runoff is one of several issues to be covered at March 25 meeting.

The Primghar Community Center is the location of a March 25 meeting for area beef producers and agribusiness staff. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the O'Brien County Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association.

The Primghar Community Center is the location of a March 25 meeting for area beef producers and agribusiness staff. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the O'Brien County Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association. The Primghar Community Center is located on the corner of 1st St. NE and Hayes Ave.

REDUCING POLLUTION: Iowa Department of Natural Resources is surveying all large and medium-size concentrated animal feeding operations during the next five years. The survey may be either an on-site inspection or desk-top evaluation of approximately 8,500 facilities in Iowa.

"We will cover issues that impact area beef producers," says Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist. "These are issues that affect how our beef producers both manage and market cattle." The meeting will feature the following topics and speakers.

Iowa DNR Work Plan for Beef Feedlots: This topic will be covered by Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff from Field Office 3 at Spencer, Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is operating under a new work plan committed to environmental improvement. This involves a comprehensive survey of all large concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, and medium-size animal feeding operations, or AFOs, within five years. The survey may be either an on-site inspection or desk-top evaluation and is estimated to involve 8,500 facilities in Iowa.

Pro-Active Approach to Feedyard Assessments (Care and Handling): Doug Bear, director of industry relations with Iowa Beef Industry Council, will speak about this topic. Consumers want to know how the beef they consume is raised. To address this need, the National Beef Quality Assurance program is now offering materials to help a feedlot producer document how cattle are managed and cared for. These materials are available from the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Market Situation and Outlook: The folks at Kooima and Kaemingk Commodities Inc. know that market prices will be a priority question for attendees. Prices for both feeder animals and market-ready animals have reached record levels. Will feedlots and cow-calf producers continue to see high prices or are the markets positioned for a downturn? Will consumers continue to buy beef at current prices or will they opt for other meats?

If you want to attend, please pre-register by March 21
Participants are invited to attend and ask questions about these important issues. There is no fee to attend but participants are encouraged to pre-register by March 21 with the O'Brien County Extension Office, by calling 712-957-5045 or emailing [email protected] in order to prepare materials and refreshments.

For more information on the meeting, contact Dave Grooters, O'Brien County Cattlemen's board member at 712-348-1960 or Beth Doran, ISU Extension beef specialist at 712-737-4230. See this program and other local programming from ISU Extension and Outreach online.

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