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Accu-Steel is preparing for another trade show and possibly the last one for 2017! We will be set-up at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

What is the World Dairy Expo?

The World Dairy Expo is a five-day dairy cattle event that features the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. This annual show is considered the largest and most important dairy cattle show in North America. The World Dairy Expo has been held in the first week of October since 1967!

Shows and Contests –World Dairy Expo

Dairy cattle from all over the United States and Canada are exhibited at the show. All seven nationally recognized breeds have their own show. A grand champion from each breed is selected, then a final judging is held to determine the best two cows in the show. This is held on the last day and is often referred to as the main event! The show starts with an introduction of each cow and leadsman listing both of their achievements. After this is done the cows are judged by all of the breed judges from the past week. After they decide on a cow, the Supreme Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion is announced.

The World Dairy Expo offers conferences for youth in the dairy industry. There are several regional and national judging contests in which teams and individuals from high school FFA chapters and 4-H programs can compete. There is also a division for Collegiate level teams. Contestants compete for honors in dairy judging, dairy foods and dairy forage. There is a separate junior cattle show for contestants who are college age or younger. Though this cattle show is separate from the main show, the Supreme and Reserve Supreme champions are named the same way as the older contestants. Winning the junior show is almost as prestigious as winning the main event!

Trade Show –

This Expo is home to the largest dairy-focused trade show in the world! Nearly 850 companies, including Accu-Steel, come from all over the world to showcase their products to the show’s 75,000 attendees. These companies make the trip to Madison, Wisconsin, USA every year.

Accu-Steel will be located at the Alliant Energy Center in the New Holland Trade Center, booth #866. The show starts October 3rd, 2017 and ends October 7th, 2017. We will see you there!

To sign-up or learn more about the show click here!

Accu-Steel is gearing up for another appearance at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois!

Farm Progress Show

About the Show

The Farm Progress Show is an excellent opportunity for producers to visit with various manufacturers in the farming industry. Accu-Steel will be among the manufacturers featuring our latest and greatest products and solutions. Visitors of this show are able to witness various demonstrations and learn about the newest technologies and resources available. This is a unique show that brings producers from all over the world to one location with the same goal in mind. To learn more and integrate what they see into their operations.

Where to Find Us

The Farm Progress Show will be located in Decatur, Illinois from August 29th through the 31st, 2017. Accu-Steel will have a demonstration building with our mobile sales office in lot #507 located in the Southeast Quadrant on 5th Progress Street. We’ll see you there!

Farm Progress Show Registration

To find out more about this show and to preregister, click here!

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!

Did you approach the Iowa State Fair or did they approach you for this new project?Iowa State Fair Logo

“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.”

How did you come about your decision to donate this building?

“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.”

Where is this new building located?

“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.”

What style of building is it and what are the dimensions? Why was this profile chosen?

Footing Material Building“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.”

How many buildings will Accu-Steel have at the Iowa State Fair this year?

“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.”

What is your favorite part of the fair?

“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.”

Summary –

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.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) will be coordinating the 2nd annual regional BeefMeets. This event includes educational sessions, a trade show, and food! ICA Beefmeets 2017

What to Expect

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.

Locations for the ICA BeefMeets

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!

Register TODAY!

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.

 

Accu-Steel is set to attend the APWA – North American Snow Conference April 23rd – April 26th, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa.APWA - North American Snow Conference

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.

Salt Storage Showcase141026 gothenburg salt barn - NDOR 3 - Edited

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!

APWA Technical Tour

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!

 

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.

The Attendees

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.

The Speakers

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

Dr. Sarah Barber at Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium

health.

 

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 ProducersWilkerson Building showcased at Symposium

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.

The Symposium Summary

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!

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