Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days Set in Eastern Iowa
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VINTON, Iowa — Beef producers in eastern Iowa are invited to learn about the process of completing the BQA Feedyard Assessment at one of three field days in July offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The feedyard assessment is a review of employee training, standard operating procedures, record keeping, animal health protocols, handling practices, and equipment/facility maintenance. It's also a tool to identify areas of potential risk or opportunities for improvement.
Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the feedyard assessment also is the foundation of the third-party audits required by Tyson Fresh Meats FarmCheck program. Cargill has announced it will require a similar audit system in 2018.
"The purpose of these field days is to educate feedlot operators on how to complete the Beef Quality Assurance feedyard self-assessment," Schwab said. At each location, we’ll score the processing area for working cattle, bunk and water management, and animal and pen cleanliness, and discuss the importance of a veterinary-client-patient relationship."
Participants will also be certified in the Beef Quality Assurance program. Doug Bear, director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, said it's important for beef producers to complete the program for a number of reasons.
“By participating in the Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Feedyard Assessment, you are positioning your business to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead to ensure a safe, wholesome and quality beef and beef products for consumers," he said. "You are taking positive action to demonstrate that cattle producers are concerned about the product they produce as well as the live animals in their care.“
Each field day begins at 10 a.m. and lasts for an hour. There is no fee to attend, but Schwab encouraged people to preregister by calling the Benton County Extension office at 319-472-4739 to ensure adequate supplies for all attendees.
Field day dates and locations are:
- July 11, Ron Carpenter feedlot, 2424 10th St, Lamont, with Dr. Jeremy Johnson and Tom Robinson
- July 12, Justin Reiter feedlot, 28598 9th Ave., Bernard, with Dr. Phil Reemtsma and Dave Rueber
- July 25, Ryan Jargo feedlot, 4201 120th St. Clinton, with Dr. Mike Slattery and Dave Rueber
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.
Contact: Denise Schwab, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, 319-472-4739, firstname.lastname@example.org