Feedlot Short Course provides knowledge producers want



Feedlot Cattle Eating at Bunk with Short Course attendees in the Background.

AMES, Iowa – From its first session in 2017, the Feedlot Short Course has provided technical and practical information in real-world settings. It was created with today's feedlot producer in mind and remains true to that premise by adapting and adding content that's requested and relevant. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk is one of the program organizers and said it continues to be a source of up-to-date knowledge for attendees.

"Based on past participant feedback, this year we're keeping some crowd favorites and bringing in some new topics," she said. "Our limited size of 30 attendees allows us to provide optimal hands-on opportunities and small group learning."

The sixth annual event is hosted and organized by Iowa Beef Center at ISU, and will run from 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 through noon on Thursday, Aug. 4. For questions on the short course content, contact Lundy-Woolfolk at ellundy@iastate.edu or IBC director Dan Loy at dloy@iastate.edu. 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.

Content-specific portions of the short course will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames, the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm near Ames, the ISU Meat Lab on the ISU campus, and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa.

New topics at the 2022 event:

  • A demonstration of beef carcass fabrication in the ISU Meat Lab.
  • An implant demonstration. 
  • A session on chute side management tips focusing on foot health.

Other topics:

  • Nutrition basics and introduction to feed bunk management.
  • Managing feedlot lameness.
  • Mixing demonstration and evaluation.
  • Managing for carcass quality: Focusing on implants.
  • Using and managing data: Program recap.

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, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University
  • Terry Houser, extension meat specialist and professor of animal science, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • 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, Iowa State extension beef specialist, Iowa Beef Center
  • Robbi Pritchard, feedlot consultant, Aurora, South Dakota
  • Dan Thomson, professor of animal science, Iowa State University

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 Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, IA; phone 515-292-8600. Reserve through the short course group room block online reservation link. Deadline for room block and group rate is July 12, 2022.


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
Dan Loy, IBC director and Iowa State extension beef specialist, 515-294-1058, dloy@iastate.edu

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

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