Cattle producers are invited to attend the 2019 Midwest Summer Stockmanship & Stewardship training June 28-29 in Ames, Iowa.
Th event will feature live low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance training and industry updates. Beef producers who attend not only receive hands-on training in best management practices to help improve their operation, but also the chance to get certified in both BQA and BQA Transportation.
This regional event brings together beef and dairy producers, stakeholders, and key industry leaders to partake in educational programs in cattle handling and management from the industry’s experts. “Attendees will gain an edge on learning about consumer concerns regarding beef sustainability and livestock welfare, how those concerns have impacted the industry, and the role that BQA plays in the conversation,” says Rusty Gibbs, director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council.
All involved within the beef and dairy industries are encouraged to attend and engage in the discussion of current industry challenges, consumer driven trends, and realistic strategies to enhance producer’s commitment to stockmanship and stewardship.
Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Katy Lippolis notes, “The Midwest is home to a large concentration of cattle fed in the U.S.: beef and dairy producers and livestock transporters. The desire for producers to seek BQA and BQAT certification and education has continued to increase.”
To learn more, visit the Stockmanship & Stewardship website.
New interim director of egg industry center
In other animal science news, an Iowa State University poultry researcher has been named the new leader of the Egg Industry Center at ISU. Susan Lamont, ISU animal science professor, is the center’s new interim director.
“I look forward to working with the Egg Industry Center and its excellent staff to fulfill the center’s mission of providing research, education and information for egg producers, processors and consumers,” Lamont says.
Lamont succeeds Hongwei Xin, a poultry professor who has been director of the Egg Industry Center since it was created in 2008. Xin earlier this year was named dean of ag research at University of Tennessee.
The Egg Industry Center at ISU works to add value to the nation’s egg industry by providing research and education through national and international collaboration. It is funded through a combination of sponsorships, donations and university support.
Lamont joined ISU in 1983 as an assistant professor in the department of animal science. Over the years, she’s been involved in research projects totaling more than $20 million. From 2001 to 2003, she served as head of the department.