Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Keeping Up with the Times

Farming has changed so much over the years.

Gone are the days of Old MacDonald and Charlotte's Web.

In their places stand modern, efficient, technologically advanced, specialized farms, including the modern cow-calf operation, advanced seedstock operations and of course, the modern feedlot.

As part of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association's mission to "grow the Iowa beef business through leadership, advocacy and education," we provide free educational materials and events throughout the year to help our members keep up with the times. Whether it's related to animal health, facility design, manure management, or other hot topics, ICA has the information you need to make sure your business is incorporating the latest science and technology to keep you successful in the future.

Educational Resources

  • Magazine - The Iowa Cattleman, ICA's monthly magazine, includes educational articles from a variety of sources. The magazine is also available on our website.
  • Fact Sheets - ICA has a number of fact sheets on various regulatory topics and cattle health topics. They can also be found on our website.
  • Forums - Cow/Calf and Feedlot Forums have become a regular part of ICA's offerings over the past couple of years. These educational events are held around the state, and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, are free for attendees. The speakers cover timely topics relevant to the specific industry sector, and a trade show offers attendees a chance to visit with vendors.

Upcoming Educational Events

ICA has three Feedlot Forums coming up the first week in March.

Wednesday, March 2, Osage Public Safety Center, Osage, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, Jones County Extension Office, Monticello, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, Blue Grass Community Center, Blue Grass, 5 p. m. – 9 p. m.

The feedlot forums will offer a market outlook and discussion on the quickly approaching Veterinary Feed Directive. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to area producers share their environmental compliance stories and learn from state officials the state’s response plan during a Foreign Animal Disease outbreak. The events are free and include meals and a trade show.

Contact the ICA office at 515-296-2266 to RSVP.

Your Input Wanted

Is there a topic you'd like more information about? Let us know! We will use your feedback to plan future educational resources and events!

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