Cattle producers can increase their knowledge of current feedlot issues and profitability during an educational program June 13 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center.
Researchers from Iowa State University Extension will provide answers to producer questions related to animal health, nutrition and producing high-quality, marketable beef.
“Topics covered will include evaluating new ways to identify bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and using micronutrients to mitigate stress and optimize growth performance,” says Erika Lundy, beef specialist with ISU Extension. “Lastly, we’ll discuss management strategies when targeting cattle for high-quality-grade premium markets.”
The goal of the program is to connect cattle producers and stakeholders with ongoing research at Iowa State, which Lundy says was inspired by the concerns and questions of producers. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the program starts at 10:30 a.m. An optional tour of the ISU Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm feedlot will be at 2 p.m., and feature the new individual-intake feeding system.
Presentations will include the following:
- “New Methods to Detect BRD in Feedlots,” by Terry Engelken, DVM, associate professor with ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
- “Managing Mineral Nutrition to Optimize Growth Promoting Performance,” by Elizabeth Messersmith, ISU animal science graduate student
- “Stress in the Feedlot: Roles of Micronutrients,” by Erin Deters, ISU animal science graduate student
- “Managing for High-quality Beef,” by Dan Loy and Erika Lundy, ISU Extension beef specialists
The meeting is free and includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP by contacting the ISU Extension Cass County office at 712-243-1132, or the East Pottawattamie office at 712-482-6449. Lundy can be reached at email@example.com.