FL Iowa Feedlot Short Course

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

The program runs from 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 through noon on Thursday, Aug. 5. For questions on the short course content, contact Lundy-Woolfolk at ellundy@iastate.edu or IBC director Dan Loy at dloy@iastate.edu.

Participant comments from post-event surveys on what they liked best about the program include: "Perfect group size, great place to learn, loved every day of this program," "Great job of covering many important topics at a good level of detail," and "Good mix of class and farm time."

Here are the 2021 short course session topics.

  • 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.

This year's presenters are:

  • Bill Couser, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa
  • Dr. Garland Dahlke, associate scientist, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
  • Dr. Grant Dewell, beef veterinarian, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Dr. Terry Engelken, associate professor, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University
  • Shane Jurgensen, Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa
  • Dr. Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and extension beef specialist, Iowa State University
  • Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, Iowa State extension beef specialist, Iowa Beef Center
  • Dr. Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, South Dakota
  • Dr. Lee Schulz, extension livestock economist and associate professor, economics, Iowa State University
  • Dr. 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, whichever occurs first. All registrations must be done by online registration.

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 16thStreet, Ames (515-663-9555) or https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/HL48S6.