Join us tomorrow morning for the ISU/UNL Feedlot Roundtable. Galen Erickson, Dee Griffin and Dustin Loy will be the featured presenters. Program offered at Nashua, Lewis, Manchester, Vinton, Pocahontas, and Knoxville starting at 9 AM. See our webpage for details.
The recently released December 1 cattle on feed report told us about what we expected – cattle numbers nationwide are down. Specifically, cattle on feed in yards with capacity of 1,000 head or more was 10.7 million head, 5 percent below the 2012 inventory and the second lowest inventory for December 1 since the series began in 1996.
But the interesting and exciting report is what happened in Iowa. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,335,000, up 6 percent from November 1, 2013 and up 5 percent from December 1, 2012. Feedlots with capacity greater than 1,000 head was up 3 percent from last month but unchanged from last year. But the real news came from feedlots with less than 1,000 head. They reported 725,000 head on feed, up 8 percent from last month and up 10 percent from last year, with November placements up 12 percent from last year!
What’s this mean for Iowa? One is that cattle feeders are seeing the true advantage to our feed cost and availability, and another is that the expansion we saw in hoop and monoslope buildings in the last year or two are filled with cattle. But the biggest impact is that young producers are getting back to the farm via cattle production, and that means money for the local economy, kids to fill the schools and young families for our communities!
If you are interested in the Iowa Cattle on Feed report see here.
A one-day “Beef Facilities Conference” will be held Nov. 21 to share current research findings and discuss building management and cattle performance. The conference, a cooperative effort of ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, South Dakota State University (SDSU), USDA Agricultural Research Service and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will be held at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“The purpose of the conference is two-fold,” said Doran. “Morning sessions feature environmental research with these facilities; afternoon sessions focus on building management and cattle performance.”
How do monoslope beef barns compare to open feedlots in terms of air quality? What sort of emissions are coming from these buildings and at what levels? To find out the answers to these and more, join us for Friday’s (July 19) webcast on monoslope beef barns. This webcast will highlight the results of air quality research being done in and around several barns in South Dakota and Iowa. The webcast will be held at 2:30 pm (eastern); 1:30 pm (central); 12:30 pm (mountain) and 11:30 am (pacific). One of the featured speakers is our own Beth Doran from NW Iowa. Check it out! It will also be archived for viewing later if you miss it on Friday.
Iowa State University Extension & Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District are hosting a Beef Facilities Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to producers who are considering feeding cattle under roof. It will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, from 9:30 – Noon at the Clinton Community College Campus in Maquoketa located at 501 West Washington Street.
The major focus of the meeting will be to compare and contrast mono-slope deep bed pack barns, slatted floor deep pit barns, and hoop buildings. Speakers for the program include Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State University beef Specialist on facility comparison and management; Dr. Greg Brenneman, ISU Extension Agricultural Engineer, on manure from different types of facilities and it’s economic value; and Lori Schnoor, Jackson County District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on water quality improvements to feedlots and funding available. A panel of producer will also discuss their experience with different types of facilities.
The meeting is free, and is open to any interested producer. For more information on the program contact Lori Schnoor at the Jackson County NRCS office at 563-652-2337 ext. 3.