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Muscatine Living

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

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

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 [email protected] or IBC Director Dan Loy at [email protected].

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:

  • Bill Couser, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa.
  • Garland Dahlke, associate scientist, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University.
  • Terry Engelken, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University.
  • Shane Jurgensen, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa.
  • Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and extension beef specialist, Iowa State University.
  • Erika Lundy, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, South Dakota.
  • Dan Thomson, animal science department chair, Iowa State University.
  • Grant Dewell, associate professor and extension beef veterinarian at Iowa State University.

The $350 per person registration fee includes program materials and meals listed on the agenda. The registration deadline is midnight, Aug. 4 or when the course limit of 30 is reached, whichever occurs first. All registrations must be done online.

See the short course website for registration information, requirements, and links at

Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements, if needed. A block of rooms is available at Comfort Inn & Suites ISU – 603 S. 16th Street, Ames, 515-663-9555 or

“We will strive to keep participants as safe as possible, and that includes a ‘no questions’ refund policy if participants need to cancel registration for any reason,” Lundy said. “We look forward to providing a fourth year of in-depth education and practical experience for our attendees.”

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

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