2020 beef feedlot short course registration is now open

Learn about the best practices for raising beef cattle at this year’s beef feedlot short course.


By Erika Lundy and Dan Loy, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

via Discover Muscatine (IA) - July 24, 2020


AMES, Iowa – The 2020 version of the Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 11-13 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames.


Erika Lundy, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, said the goal of the event is to optimize participant learning through exposure to new technology, research, and best management practices, and the best way to accomplish this is in a small group setting with a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction.


Since the first of these short courses in 2017, we have had a limit of 30 participants to ensure plenty of hands-on and small group classroom learning opportunities for all attendees,” Lundy said. “This approach has allowed us to plan for 2020 in the same fashion without needing to drastically adjust our schedule, speakers, or topics.”


The event will follow State of Iowa and Iowa State University guidelines to ensure health and safety of all participants. This includes implementing safe practices such as social distancing, wearing face coverings when the six-foot separation distances are not possible, and using small groups for hands-on activities. Additionally, nearly half of the program is on-farm, providing well-ventilated areas.


Sessions will also be at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa.


The program runs from 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 through noon on Thursday, Aug. 13. For questions on the short course content, contact Lundy at ellundy@iastate.edu or IBC Director Dan Loy at dloy@iastate.edu.


The short course is designed specifically for feedlot managers, employees, and industry, and past attendees have appreciated that focus.


2020 short course topics include:


·         Bunk management and the basics of starting cattle on feed.

·         Feed mixing demonstration and evaluation.

·         Managing and identifying cattle health issues in the feedlot.

·         Facility design and cattle handling.

·         Data management.


This year’s presenters are:


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