Iowa County Soil and Water Conservation District, in conjunction with the manufacturer, Accu-Steel Fabric Covered Buildings, and others, will host a livestock waste storage open house and field day on Thursday, September 15th, from 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at David Dermody’s farm, just 3.5 miles south of Williamsburg, Iowa. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal prepared by the Iowa County Cattlemen’s Association.
David Dermody is leading by example on his Century Farm by containing the manure that was running off his feedlots and utilizing it as a source of nutrients for his crops. David, and his son Travis, have two hoop buildings that have the capacity of 350 head. They have a cow/calf operation and utilize the buildings to finish the calves. David and Travis will be hosting a walk-thru tour of the facility. They will offer their experiences, changes they’ve made, and the benefits of their hoop buildings. David and Travis will be joined by Andy Smith from Accu-Steel, the manufacturer of the structure, to discuss the benefits of the facilities.
Speaking at the field day is Greg Brenneman for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) who will be discussing nutrient levels from different types of beef facilities. Patrick Wall, Livestock Specialist for ISUEO will provide information on production practices. Kate Timmerman, District Conservationist for Iowa County Natural Resources Conservation District (NRCS) will provide funding options for Agriculture Waste Storage.
The field day will be held at the Dermody Farm, 2625 280th St, Williamsburg. From Williamsburg, take 149 south for 3.5 miles. Turn left on 280th St. and head east for 1 mile. Destination will be on the north side of the road. The open house is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Deb Conrad at (319) 668-2359 x3 or email [email protected] for reservations and special accommodations.