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    Beef Feedlot Short Course returns in August

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    Muscatine Living

    By Erika Lundy-Woolfolk–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

    The Beef Feedlot Short Course will offer information on new technology in a format that has proved popular over the last five years.

    AMES, Iowa – The fifth annual Beef Feedlot Short Course, organized and hosted by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, is set for Aug. 3-5 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames.

    Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the goal of the event is to optimize participant learning through exposure to new technology, research, and best management practices.

    “From our initial planning for the first event in 2017, we’ve focused on providing content in a small group setting with a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction,” she said. “The short course is designed for feedlot managers, employees, and consultants, and past attendees have appreciated that focus.”

    Content-specific portions of the short course will be held at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm near Ames and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada.

    The program runs from 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 through noon on Thursday, Aug. 5. For questions on the content, contact Lundy-Woolfolk at [email protected] or Iowa Beef Center Director Dan Loy at [email protected].

    Topics include:

    • Bunk management and the basics of starting cattle on feed.
    • Feed mixing demonstration and evaluation.
    • Feedlot nutrition.
    • Managing and identifying cattle health issues in the feedlot.
    • Facility design and cattle handling.
    • Data management.

    Presenters include:

    • Bill Couser, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa.
    • Garland Dahlke, associate scientist, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University.
    • Grant Dewell, beef veterinarian, ISU Extension and Outreach.
    • Terry Engelken, associate professor, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, 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-Woolfolk, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
    • Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, South Dakota.
    • Lee Schulz, extension livestock economist and associate professor, economics, Iowa State University.
    • Dan Thomson, professor and animal science department chair, Iowa State University.

    The $350 per person registration fee includes program materials and meals listed on the agenda. The registration deadline is midnight, July 27, or when the course limit of 30 is reached. All registrations must be made online.

    See the short course website for registration information, requirements, and links at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/feedlot.

    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 St., Ames. Book by phone at 515-663-9555 or book online.

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