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Summer feedlot conference covers care, safety, management of animals, manure

Jul 25, 2017

VINTON — Profitability in cattle feeding depends on more than just cattle prices and performance. More than ever, manure value, market flexibility and management impact net returns to the operation.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab is coordinating a conference that will address a variety of topics related to cattle manure 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in Welton.

“The initial focus of this conference will be safety related to manure management and distribution,” Schwab said. “Numerous deaths have been attributed to hydrogen sulfide asphyxiation during manure agitation and pumping, and last October several incidents of cattle losses triggered additional concerns.”

Extension engineer Dan Andersen will present on manure management and safety. Several producers will share their experiences from when several cattle were lost during pit agitation.

Stephanie Leonard from the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health will share information on hydrogen sulfide safety monitors and how to select the best monitor for different situations.

Greg Brenneman, extension ag engineer, will focus his talk on the positive aspects of nutrient value of manure.

Following lunch, the focus shifts to animal care and management. Schwab will share the Beef Quality Assurance Feedyard Assessment and certify participants in the BQA program. Dan Loy, extension feedlot specialist and director of the Iowa Beef Center, will address improving bunk management.

Registration by Aug. 18 is $15, or $20 after that date. The fee is payable at the door. To register, call 319-472-4739 or email dschwab@iastate.edu.

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