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.


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



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!

Recently, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) published videos from the Calving Under Roof Field Day that Accu-Steel was apart of last year, 2016. The videos feature experts who help Iowa’s livestock and poultry farmers successfully and responsibly grow their farms. The field day addressed some of the most frequently asked questions about calving under roof.

Why Watch the CSIF Videos?

With less pasture ground available, more farmers are looking for feasible solutions to do more with less space. Calving under roof has become a solution to solve Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmersthe problem. To showcase the “under roof” options, CSIF has hosted Calving Under Roof events with the help of industry partners including Accu-Steel. These buildings allow farmers to easily access and monitor their animals while also protecting them from harsh Iowa winters.


At the Calving Under Roof Field Day in 2016, experts provided answers to the most commonly asked questions about calving under roof, including management, cattle health, economics, rules and regulations, nutrition and building design. The videos also include farm families who share strategies they’ve used to successfully grow their farms with the addition of a calving barn. One of these families will be at the upcoming Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium on the producer panel.

How to Watch the Videos:

The insight offered on the videos provides perspectives that can help Iowa farmers determine if this type of production system is an option for their farm. We have a couple videos in our Gallery on our website. Otherwise, you can go directly to CSIF’S video collection here!


Are you considering an expansion of the cow herd to help meet the demand for Beef? Are you looking for a revenue source within the Beef Industry that will allow the next generation a chance to come back to the farm? With less grazing land available, increased cost of land ownership and surplus feedstuffs in the cornbelt; now may be the time to consider Cow-Calf confinement or semi-confinement. This Symposium is designed to allow you the chance to gain the insight needed to consider cow-calf confinement as a viable beef production model for the future.Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium


Accu-Steel is thrilled to be a part of the Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium in Omaha, NE, with one of our dealers, Central Confinement Service! We have been working closely with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), the Iowa Cattlmen’s Association, the Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A FAN) to ensure this symposium is a success.

What to expect at the Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium

This Symposium is a two day informational event to help you gain knowledge about the confinement options available. Whether the cattle are under roof or in a lot. Come listen to speakers on nutrition, financing and much more. There will also be a producer panel so you can hear all about their experiences and ask the questions you’ve been itching to ask! Don’t worry, there will be meals and snacks at the symposium as well!

When, Where, and How to Register

The Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium is at the Hotel RL/Coco Keys Resort (Formally the Ramada Inn) in Omaha, NE. Doors open at 1:00 PM and the event officially starts at 2:00PM on March 21st, 2017. Click here to register and see the full agenda!


We’ll see you at the Midwest Cow-Calf Symposium March 21st through the 22nd!

Upcoming Event

Accu-Steel will be attending the 2016 Eng Symposium this week in Lincoln, NE! This is a yearly event for universities to present new research findings that target the improvements of beef cow efficiency and profitability by intensive and semi confined production systems. The research is being conducted through grants provided by the Dr. Kenneth & Caroline Eng (-K-) Trust Fund. This year’s symposium will be held at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 5th -6th, 2016 and will be hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Dr. Kenneth & Caroline Eng (-K-) Trust Fund. Attendees will include researchers, students and cattle producers alike.

Eng Symposium Event


The event starts on October 5th at 12:00pm and will end on October 6th at 1:00pm.

For more information and to register please follow this link:


This photo was provided by one of our wonderful dealers, Central Confinement Service, Ltd., that will also be attending the symposium! Please join us at this informative event to learn more about having your cattle under roof!

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.


Livestock Waste StorageDavid 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.

Learn the Benefits for Your Livestock Operation

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.

Where to Go and How to Register

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.

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