Time to register for southwest Iowa Cattle Feeders Camp


Feedlot cattle eating at bunk with short course attendees in the background.

LEWIS, Iowa – Looking for the latest info on preparing calves for the feedlot, feeding beef-dairy steers, managing foot health or feed mixing? Would it be even better to have hands-on experience and discussion time with professionals and peers? The Cattle Feeders Camp could be just the ticket. Offered by the Iowa Beef Center in southwest Iowa, this regional event builds on the ongoing success of IBC's Feedlot Short Course.

Iowa State University extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk is one of the program organizers and said the Cattle Feeders Camp will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the ISU Wallace Learning Center at the ISU Armstrong Memorial Research Farm near Lewis and the nearby JW Freunds Farms feedlot.

"We're packing a lot of information, activity and discussion into these two days," she said. "Plus our limited size of 30 attendees allows us to provide optimal hands-on opportunities and small group learning."

The program runs from 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, through 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1. Weather makeup dates are Dec. 7-8, same times and location.

The first day includes classroom sessions on starting cattle on feed and preparing calves for the feedlot, a feed mixing demonstration and a presentation on pros and cons of feedlot types. Friday morning features a session on ingredients for a recipe for profitability, research update on feeding beef-dairy steers and farm demonstrations on managing foot health and bunk scoring. Following lunch participants will learn about facility designs and join in discussion about the camp.

This year's presenters are:

  • Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, South Dakota
  • Dan Thomson, professor of animal science, Iowa State University
  • Dan Loy, animal science professor emeritus, Iowa State University
  • Garland Dahlke, research scientist, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
  • Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, Iowa State extension beef specialist, Iowa Beef Center

The event flyer has more info. Fee is $250 per person and registrations are due Nov, 22 or when the attendance limit of 30 is reached, whichever is earlier.

Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements, if needed. A block of rooms is available at the Rock Island Inn & Suites in Atlantic, 1702 SW 7th Street. Reservations must be made by Nov.15 to get the discounted rate ($99 + tax per night).  The block is under “Iowa State University Feedlot Meeting." Reserve directly with the hotel at https://www.atlanticrockislandinn.com/ 

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



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 www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-745-5902, ellundy@iastate.edu

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu

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