In August, Iowa beef producers have the chance to see innovative beef operations firsthand and visit with successful producers and cutting edge researchers in the beef business on a two-day bus trip in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers says the trip includes visits to several private operations to provide a wide variety of information, experiences and discussion opportunities to tour attendees.
The trip is set for August 19 and 20, with a tentative schedule starting with the bus departure from Chariton at 7 a.m. on August 19. Two stops are planned that morning at commercial-focused breeders focusing on commercial production traits - Loonan Red Angus and Simmental, in Corning at 8:30 a.m. and Werner Angus, in Diagonal at 10:30 a.m., where the tour will also see the Werner feed efficiency center and learn about feed efficiency research. There will be a Kansas stop that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Ohlde Angus, near Palmer, Kansas, which focuses on breeding for traits like moderate-sized frames and easy fleshing.
The tour will stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City, Kansas, and will continue the next morning with two stops in Kansas's Flint Hills.
At 8:15 a.m., the group will visit Tiffany Cattle Company, a 15,000-feedlot in Herington, Kansas that raises cattle for U.S. Premium Beef. At 10:30 a.m. the tour will visit Sunflower Genetics, a Simmental, Angus and SimAngus breeding operation near Maple Hill, Kansas emphasizing commercial traits. After lunch, the tour will make its final stop at Byergo Angus, a commercial-oriented breeder in Savannah, Missouri, just north of St. Joseph, at 3:00 p.m. The tour will end with a return to Chariton at around 7 p.m. August 20. "We'll visit about five breeders and one feedlot. A lot of the breeders have a commercial side too." Sellers says. "We'll have a pretty good mix."
Fees and registration
"The fee is $50 per person and people can preregister by sending the fee to Lucas County Extension in Chariton by July 29," Sellers says. "Everyone is responsible for their own motel room fee on August 19, and should make those reservations no later than July 29 directly with the Courtyard by Marriott by calling 785-210-1500 under the Iowa Beef Tour Group rate."
Tour sponsors include Zoetis Animal Health, Great Western Bank, Midwest Heritage Bank, Community 1st Credit Union, and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State.
A more detailed agenda for the trip is available on the Iowa Beef Center website.
Anyone interested who can't attend the entire tour can still visit the first two stops in Iowa, and contact Sellers for meal arrangements. For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or email at [email protected].