Accu-Steel will be present this year at the Iowa State Fair in more than one location! We’ve donated a building to the Blue Ribbon Foundation. We conducted an internal interview with President of Accu-Steel, Jason Owen, to get the details on this new building!
“We approached them to see if there were any projects Accu-Steel could help with. They came back and said ‘yes, we have this need’. It was an easy decision – this is a need that fits inside what we want to be associated with. That is when we decided we would donate a building to the Blue Ribbon Foundation.”
“My wife, Alison, and I have been looking at a way to give back to the fair as it is something we have enjoyed together since we were dating. We wanted to look for an opportunity to use our products at the fair. We understood that the fair was spending a lot of money on the Jacobson building for the arena footing and needed a way to store it when they have equestrian events. So, they were looking for a place to stockpile the material outside without it getting wet and loosing the value. Our buildings work perfect for that. They have nice tall sidewalls to be able to run loader equipment inside. The building’s natural light and ventilation will keep the footing material dry and usable for multiple events at the Iowa State Fair and beyond. So, it was a perfect fit for us to be a part of that project and we are very happy to be donating the building to the Blue Ribbon Foundation.”
“Well, it is one of those important buildings that people won’t necessarily see when they are on the fairgrounds. This is a support building to the south of Dean Ave. It is on Iowa State Fair property and it allows them to be more efficient and actually save or make money for the fair organization. It may not be a building people see regularly but it is a building that will definitely help make a difference to the overall operation of the fair.”
“The building is 62’ x 208’ and is our new Integrity style building which is a gable shape fabric structure. It’s got very tall sidewalls and a peak shape so it looks more like a traditional barn verses a round hoop building. I think the Iowa State Fair chose this profile because it was something that was more modern looking and fit well into the architecture of the area it was going and would also perform very well for what they needed it to do.”
“We worked on a project several years ago with the original Olympic Pavilion which is a place where the local television station broadcast the Olympics during the Iowa State Fair back in 2008. Today, most people know it as the Iowa craft beer tent. We’ve left it up permanently for people to be able to use. We will also have our display building which will be in a new location this year, by the west entrance/exit to the Sky-Glider. Then, we have the permanent structure up by Dean Avenue to support the Jacobson Riding Arena. So that will be a total of three buildings at the Iowa State Fair this year.”
“I would say, probably the number of people that we see year in and year out. It is kind of like a family reunion where you get to pick your family. You get to see the people that want to see you. It’s a time where our dealers and corporate people from the office get interaction with the individuals that provide feedback on our products and that is important to us. What works and what doesn’t. How our buildings are making a difference on their operations whether it’s for farming to industrial applications. The uses for our buildings can go on and on.”
You can find Accu-Steel representatives at the Iowa State Fair August 10th through the 20th in the demo building near the West entrance/exit to the Sky-Glider. Click here to learn what other options we have available for equestrians.
Speakers at the BeefMeets will provide input on farm finances and agriculture markets to address the stresses that come with surviving tough times in the cattle industry. Local area producers and agriculture specialists will also be part of the event. They will share their knowledge and experiences on how they continued to raise cattle in some of the hardest economic times in history.
BeefMeets will include lunch and a full trade show. There will also be a Tour of the World Social where attendees can experience beef dishes from around the world! District breakouts will give cattlemen a chance to weigh in on issues affecting their business and Dr. Nevil Speer will address key factors that could have an effect on the cattle markets in the next 12-18 months.
Other activities throughout the day include a Cattle and Cover Crops session, a free Youth Beef Team Training & Train the Trainer session and a Beef Checkoff update with the Iowa Beef Industry Council.
The BeefMeets will take place in four locations making it easier for you to attend the event. The first location is in Dubuque, IA on June 13th. The second will be in Ottumwa, IA on June 15th. The third will be in Creston, IA on June 20th. The fourth is in LeMars, IA on June 22nd.
One of our dealers, Hedgewood Equipment, will be set-up at Ottumwa and Creston locations. Stop by their booth while you are there to discuss the possibilities of a fabric covered building in your operation. We offer a variety of profiles that are very versatile for whatever you may need them for. Whether it’s for hay storage, equipment storage or cattle housing we’ve got you covered!
For more details about this event click here. Early registration ends May 31st and prices go up $10 at that time. Students receive free registration to all BeefMeets. Register online here under ICA Programs or call the ICA office at 515-296-2266.
Calving under roof is gaining popularity as pastureland becomes more scarce. Whether your child is returning to the farm, you would like to expand, or any other reason – you are not alone. Several producers are doing their research to determine if this is a viable alternative to their current operation.
1. Maintain a controlled environment. One of the main advantages to calving under roof is the controlled environment that it offers. Accu-Steel calving barns do this by preventing the outdoor elements from entering the building. Unlike monoslopes, our buildings offer excellent ventilation with our dual eaves and ridge vents that keep the weather from intruding the building all year. Monoslopes have one side that is wide open allowing snow and rain to blow in.
2. Provide optimal cow/calf comfort. Accu-Steel fabric covered calving buildings allow natural light to filter through the fabric cover while eliminating heat exposure. Our buildings will last for years because all of our steel is hot-dip galvanized to prevent corrosion. These factors make Accu-Steel the optimal choice for cow/calf comfort.
3. Manage a healthy herd. A controlled environment is vital for a newborn calf’s health, so, management is the key in these cow/calf facilities. These cows are in close quarters within the barn so prevention is very important to keep disease out of the calving barn. A consistent, dry environment with excellent ventilation will help keep your cow/calf operation free of illness. It can also help increase weight gain and improve performance.Prevention is very important for herd health, but if health issues do arise, they can be quickly and easily addressed under a calving facility. Choosing this system allows producers to routinely monitor their cows and calves in one location which will save you time checking the pasture and fence. With excellent management you will see your production and profits increase.
4. Determine your own calving seasons. Another benefit to calving under roof is the ability to determine your calving seasons. With the help from the controlled environment you can decide when you would like to calve. Producers who chose to calve under roof have the advantage of shifting their calving season to capitalize on sale prices. This is an opportunity for cattlemen to take their products to market while others are using the traditional cow/calf system on pasture.
When deciding on a floor plan for your calving facility, be sure to separate excepting cows and new mothers. Also, consider using creep feeders and a versatile feed program that can help you target your cows and calves.
At Accu-Steel we try to make it easy for you to get started calving under roof. We understand the cattle industry and strive to offer the very best solutions. Our nationwide network of dealers can help you with any questions you may have. The best place to start is by simply contacting us! After we get your information, we contact the dealer in your area that best suits your needs. You can then coordinate with our dealer to configure the layout of your cow/calf facility. They will consider all of your business needs during the design and construction process to provide you with the perfect cow/calf facility for your calving operation.
To view images of our cow/calf facilities, click here.
This Snow Conference has everything from snow and ice education sessions to an exhibit floor full of vendors who are excited to show you the latest winter maintenance solutions. Join us and your peers in Des Moines at the Show for Snow April 23-26, 2017.
Accu-Steel will be a vendor at the APWA – North American Snow Conference to showcase our salt, sand, and deicing storage buildings. Our salt storage buildings are more popular than any other building type we offer. You could accredit that to our hot dip galvanized trusses that protect the structure from the highly corrosive materials being stored under the roof. Accu-Steel offers multiple profiles and design options to fit your needs. Find us in booth #726 to learn why Accu-Steel is the right choice!
Accu-Steel will be sponsoring the Technical Tour at the APWA – North American Snow Conference on April 26th, 2017. The tour will be stopping at two facilities. The City of Waukee Public Works will have staff stationed throughout the building to discuss their operations, equipment, and challenges. In addition to Waukee’s equipment, other Des Moines area agencies will also have their equipment on display with their operators available to discuss their operations and equipment. The Regional Salt Storage facility was constructed to store bulk road salt for several municipalities in the metro and surrounding area. This location also has a solid waste transfer station that was added to the site. You will be able to see how this site functions as both a transfer station and a salt storage facility.
Accu-Steel will have our mobile sales office at both locations. We will be providing refreshments and giving away a few jackets!
Click here for the full itinerary and registration!
When it comes to building a cattle barn, people in the cattle industry are looking for an innovative design that will provide a healthy environment for their herd, bringing optimum cattle comfort which ultimately produces the most profits.
If you are looking for the best cattle barn layout or design for your livestock, Accu-Steel has the answer for you. We have three professionally designed cattle building profiles to choose from, each created by knowledgeable experts that know the cattle industry and understand your needs.
Engineered with your productivity and profits in mind, our cattle buildings are the perfect choice for all types of operations: beef cattle housing, cow calf operations, cattle feeding barns, dairy cow facilities, and more. By reducing animal stress and manure management costs, our cattle barns are designed to put more money in your pocket.
Accu-Steel specializes in fabric hoop buildings for cattle operations all over the country. As an industry expert, we understand the needs of your cattle and have engineered our buildings to provide optimal cattle comfort. Here are the benefits included with our fabric covered cattle barns:
The Crossover, Cattle Advantage, and Cattle Integrity Series are our most fitting styles for cattle housing. All of the building designs have ridge vents and eaves.
The Crossover Series is one of our most popular designs since it is the most reminiscent of the cattle barns we are all most familiar with. These covered buildings can be customized to any shape or size to suit your needs.
The clear span space allows for large capacity and maximum usability, with no inner beams to obstruct space.
Depending on the layout you choose, you could have a drive alley to make feeding and bedding easier under the comfort of the roof. Another layout option is to have your feed bunk and drive alley on the outside of the cattle housing. If you choose the Crossover design for your cattle barn, consider adding eaves to keep the weather out for optimal cattle comfort.
This is the most common design for Accu-Steel beef cattle barns. The Cattle Advantage Series is designed specifically for your cattle feeding facility needs.
The Cattle Advantage buildings create a dry environment with excellent air quality for beef cattle. With ridge ventilation and dual eves, this cattle building evacuates moisture without creating a wind chill, keeping cattle clean, dry, and healthy. Your herd will stay cooler in the summer and dry all year round.
This is our latest and greatest design! Several producers are intrigued by this design mostly because of its ascetics. It has similar features and versatility when compared to the Cattle Advantage Series but has a subtle peak in the center which brings to mind the Crossover Series.
With the ridge vents and dual eaves the Cattle Integrity Series will also keep your cattle comfortable all year.
All of Accu-Steel’s buildings are designed with your operation in mind. We are here to help you plan a layout for your building but, at the end of the day, it is YOUR beef cattle barn and you need to choose a layout that works best for you! Just keep in mind, do your research and don’t let your profits suffer by choosing a traditional hoop building, cattle barn, or monoslope building. We strive to provide you with the most fitting solution and continuously look for ways to advance.
The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) recently published an article highlighting some key points that were discussed at the Midwest Cow/Calf Symposium that took place in Omaha, NE, on March 21st through the 22nd. Read the full article here. The Symposium featured experts that addressed key management decisions for raising cows and calves under roof. The outcome was astounding.
Limited pasture availability has led some cow-calf producers to look for other viable options. So, almost 300 producers from eight states attended the two-day symposium to learn about cow-calf health, nutrition and other best management practices. The reviews that were collected were overwhelmingly positive. Most found the Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium to be informative, entertaining, and valuable.
Dr. Sara Barber, Veterinary Medical Center, was one of the six experts that were invited to speak. According to Dr. Barber(pictured below), raising cows and calves under roof presents an opportunity to manage pairs individually. However, additional management practices must be implemented to maintain animal
One of the ways to maintain herd health is by controlling the environment under roof, starting with proper bedding management. Dr. Barber explained that pens should always be kept dry and that bedding can easily be evaluated. She does this by utilizing the “dry knee test”. Simply fall on your knees and if your knees are wet when you get up, you’ll need more bedding.
Dr. Barber stressed the importance of newborn calves taking in their mother’s colostrum, a calf’s first and only available source of antibodies. Another way to protect the newborn calf is by dipping their navels with iodine to prevent infections. She also explained the importance of using designated supplies for sick calves and healthy calves.
The producer panel was the most popular aspect of the Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium. Eleven producers from MO, NE, SD, and IA were invited to share their experiences and wisdom.
Chad and Amy Wilkerson of Linden, IA were two of the producers on the panel. They agree that prevention is key when using the calving under roof approach. They currently raise 160 cow-calf pairs in an Accu-Steel cattle barn(pictured right) they filled for the first time in January of 2016. One of the points Chad express was the importance of having a good vet and nutritionist your back pocket. You want to be able to know they are going to be there and understand what you’re up against.
While there are many advantages to calving under roof, experts and cow-calf producers alike concluded this system requires an intensive management system that may not be the right fit for every livestock farm. Fortunately, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers works beside Iowa farm families as they make important management decisions about growing the farm using new livestock technology such as calving under roof.
The Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium was co-sponsored by the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraksa (AFAN), Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Nebraska Cattlemen.
To see a copy of the presentations and watch the producer panel’s drone videos click here!