The Iowa Cattle Industry Convention has traditionally been held in Des Moines in December, offering education, networking, policy discussions and a robust trade show. This year, in an effort to make it easier for cattlemen from across the state to participate, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is hosting four regional “BeefMeets” instead. Each BeefMeet will incorporate 5-6 educational seminars, district meetings and elections, grassroots issues surfacing and a trade show. No matter what your interest is in the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association or beef industry, there will be something there for you! Our BeefMeets theme this year is “Driving to Success.” Each of the educational sessions will provide practical strategies for producers of all types to increase their profitability and farming success.
Dates and Locations:
Educational sessions 8:30 – 5:00; social to follow
June 22: Northwest Regional BeefMeet, Spencer
June 23: Northeast Regional BeefMeet, Independence
June 28: Southwest Regional BeefMeet, Atlantic
June 29: Southeast Regional BeefMeet, Riverside Casino
Online registration and sponsorship opportunities are available HERE.
A downloadable registration and sponsorship form are available HERE.
Questions? Call 515-296-2266.
Accu-Steel Inc., Templeton, IA, is exhibiting at the WPS trade show in Osh Kosh, WI, March 30 – April 1, 2016. For three days, farmers from around the Midwest will attend the show to check out the latest in farm machinery, tools and services. Accu-Steel is featuring fabric covered buildings used for equipment, grain and commodity storage buildings. Accu-Steel is also introducing a new series of cattle building. Farmers and ranchers will learn how this new design can optimize finishing in cattle operations and see the special design features for fabric covered cow/calf confinement facilities.
Over 140 people attended the Cow/Calf Symposium in Columbus, NE on March 23 & 24, 2016. The event primary sponsors were Accu-Steel Fabric Buildings, Central Confinement Service, Ltd. and AFAN (Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska). The symposium’s main topic was cattle herd expansion without requiring additional land purchase.
Dr. Morgan Hayes, University of IL, presented the most important elements to consider when raising cattle in confinement throughout its life cycle, cow/calf, back-grounding and feeding out. These elements included air flow, proper bedding amounts, square footage space per animal required in a confinement operation and animal health care. A panel of industry experts answered questions regarding animal health care, best practices for fabric confinement facilities, and preferences regarding weaning. Dr. Kelly Jones of Cactcus Feeders presented a new cooperative program aimed at increasing their cow herd with local operators taking in heifers, breeding them to Cactus Feeders genetics and buying back up to 20 percent of the calf crop. The event concluded with a bus tour to 4 different cattle operations in the Columbus, NE area.
The Lincoln Nebraska Public Schools purchased three 30’ x 42’ Accu-Steel fabric covered buildings used for salt, sand & deicing inventory storage. The school system is now able to purchase these materials during the non-peak season when the material cost is lower, therefore saving the school system money. With pre-purchased snow removal materials they are ready to act when Mother Nature delivers an early snow storm in Nebraska. The building trio was placed on the north side of the school track and football field, allowing athletes, coaches and fans to get in and out of the facilities safely.
On March 22 and 23, 2016, in Columbus, NE, AFAN (Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska) in conjunction with Accu-Steel, Inc. and their dealer, Central Confinement Services, are hosting a 2-day seminar on the benefits of fabric cover buildings and confinement structures used to expand cow herds. This symposium will provide insight required to consider placing your cow/calf operation, deep pitted barn facilities and cattle finishing operations under cover as a viable beef production model for the future.
The program speakers include Morgan Hayes, University of IL Extension; Kelly Jones, Cactus Feeders; Jason Warner, Great Plains Consulting and others. Attendees will tour a Deep Pitted Barn Operation, Bed Pack Background/Finish structures and a Cow/Calf to Finishing facility. Confinement facilities have been proven to increase efficiency, grow revenue and bring the next generation back to the farm. Accu-Steel, Inc. has a wide range of profiles to fit every application.
Cattlemen are rapidly rebuilding the nation’s cow herd and when the job’s done the finished product may look a little different than prior to the drought in 2011. Many industry experts believe more cows are headed to the Cornbelt—a shift that could leave corn and soybean growers reaching for a Stetson instead of a seed corn cap.
A recent study by Rabobank—a leading ag lender—drew attention to the changing geography of cow/calf production. “Cow numbers hit a low of 29 million in 2014 and we think it will now increase by 3.5 million head. New cow herds in the Cornbelt and Northern Plains will play a bigger role,” says senior analyst Don Close.