5 reasons to attend Feedlot Forum on Jan. 16

Are you wondering whether to attend Feedlot Forum 2018 in Sioux Center? Organizer Beth Doran, who is also an Iowa State University Extension beef specialist for the area, encourages you to ask yourself the following five questions and consider your answers.

1. Do you know what you need to do to keep operating if there is a Foot and Mouth outbreak? If you answered no, Danelle Bickett-Weddle, associate director for the Center for Food Safety and Public Health at ISU, will demonstrate a plan to keep you in business.

2. Would the beef from your cattle qualify for export to China? Not all U.S. beef will be eligible for this market. Dan Halstrom of the U.S. Meat Export Federation will focus on the specifications various international countries require of U.S. cattle producers to market their beef.

3. Are you raising high quality, safe, wholesome beef? Doug Bear, director of Beef Quality Assurance for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, will share results from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audits for market steers and heifers and for market bulls and cows. Learn how U.S. beef and organ meats stack up.

4. Do you know how Iowa Beef Checkoff funds will be used? Chris Freland and Steve Rehder will report on special projects the Iowa Beef Industry Council will launch in 2018. This is a great opportunity to see how these funds will be allocated.

5. What will drive agriculture in 2018? Mike Pearson, former host of Market to Market, will share his insights about what’s ahead, market outlook and how to meet these drivers.

But that’s not all. Updates on the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and District 1 ICA will be presented and the event trade show features 25 sponsors with new products and services to enhance feedlot production. Other highlights include a steak dinner and a $10 beef certificate for each attendee.

Still not convinced? The low $25 fee should put the exclamation point on your decision to attend the event on Jan. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. Students are being offered a reduced rate of $10.

See the brochure with the agenda, list of sponsors and registration form on the Iowa Beef Center website at http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/FeedlotForum2018.pdf. Remember to register with payment by Jan. 11 through the Sioux County Extension and Outreach Office. Questions? Contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or [email protected].