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Iowa Beef Center
313 Kildee Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3150
Phone: 515-294-BEEF (2333)
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last updated: November 8, 2014


Beef Facilities Conference set for Nov. 21


Contact: Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, 712-737-4230,

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- Beef barns of all types are becoming more common place in the upper Midwest. “But, there is a lot that we are still learning about these barns,” said Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist.

To share this information, a one-day “Beef Facilities Conference” will be held November 21 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The conference is a cooperative effort of ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension (UNL), South Dakota State University (SDSU), USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

“The purpose of the conference is two-fold,” Doran said. “Morning sessions feature environmental research with these facilities, and the afternoon sessions focus on building management and cattle performance.”

The morning session includes results of the two-year air emissions study in mono-slope barns, air quality regulations and how to capture, manage and use nutrients produced in beef barns. The two-year air emissions study looked at the emissions of gases and dust and is one of the first studies looking at air quality in these barns. Presenters are Erin Cortus, assistant professor at SDSU; Mindy Spiehs, research animal scientist at USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; Rick Stowell, associate professor at UNL; Kris Kohl, ISU Extension and Outreach ag engineering program specialist; and Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State extension program specialist.

Afternoon sessions involve two panels, a producer panel discussing building management in different style barns and a university panel discussing cattle performance. Four styles of facilities will be featured: mono-slopes, hoops, slatted floor deep-pit barns and open lots. The university panel includes Robbi Pritchard, distinguished professor at SDSU; Dan Loy, Director of the Iowa Beef Center at ISU and Shawn Shouse, ISU Extension and Outreach ag engineering program specialist; and Russ Euken, ISU Extension and Outreach livestock program specialist.

The conference is tailored to feedlot producers, beef consultants, building contractors, engineers and consultants, state and federal agency staff, and extension and university professionals. 

Conference information, registration materials and potential sponsorship opportunities are available on-line at

Registration is $40 when received by Nov. 14. Students receive a $15 discount. Fees increase $20 per person for all participants when registration is done after Nov. 14. 


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


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