The fifth annual Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 3 to 5 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames.
Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says the goal of the event is to optimize participant learning through exposure to new technology, research and best management practices.
"From our initial planning for the first event in 2017, we've focused on providing content in a small-group setting with a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction," she says. "The short course is designed for feedlot managers, employees and consultants, and past attendees have appreciated that focus."
Content-specific portions of the short course will be held at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm near Ames and Couser Cattle Co. in Nevada, Iowa.
What’s on the agenda
The topics include:
• bunk management and the basics of starting cattle on feed
• feed-mixing demonstration and evaluation
• feedlot nutrition
• managing and identifying cattle health issues in the feedlot
• facility design and cattle handling
• data management
Who is speaking
The presenters include:
• Bill Couser, Couser Cattle Co., Nevada, Iowa
• Garland Dahlke, associate scientist, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
• Grant Dewell, beef veterinarian, ISU Extension and Outreach
• Terry Engelken, associate professor, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, ISU
• Shane Jurgensen, Couser Cattle Co., Nevada, Iowa
• Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director and Extension beef specialist, ISU
• Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach
• Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, S.D.
• Lee Schulz, Extension livestock economist and associate professor, economics, ISU
• Dan Thomson, professor and animal science department chair, ISU
The registration fee, $350 per person, includes program materials and meals listed on the agenda. The registration deadline is midnight July 27, or when the course limit of 30 is reached. All registrations must be made online.
See the short course website for registration information, requirements and links at Beef Feedlot Short Course.
Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements, if needed. A block of rooms is available at Comfort Inn & Suites ISU, 603 S 16th St., Ames. Book by phone at 515-663-9555 or book online.