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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:03
The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will be sponsoring two programs this month for small and medium beef and dairy operations. Any cattle operations with less than 1000 animals in outside yards are invited to attend to learn more about how  environmental regulations and inspections may impact their operation.

Both programs start at 10 AM and will conclude about 3 PM. The keynote speakers are Stephen Pollard from EPA, and Gene Tinker or Bill Ehm from IDNR. They have been asked to address fly-overs, inspections and environmental compliance- all topics of high priority for Iowa livestock operators regardless of size and scope of operation. Justine Stevenson, ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, will provide an update on policy, administrative and other hot topics the Iowa Cattlemen's Association is working on in 2013.

With high feed costs producers need to evaluate and seek out feedstock options to manage through high feed input costs. Dr. Dan Loy will discuss current use of alkali treatment to increase the digestibility and value of corn stalks in cattle rations. With the current challenge on producers' minds being the availability of water for summer 2013, there's no doubt that it's important to have a plan in place to insure cattle are managed appropriately to avoid heat stress and other issues this summer. Greg Brenneman & Byron Leu, or Dan Huyser & Denise Schwab, ISU Extension engineer and beef specialists, will focus on considerations producers can use to navigate through a hot dry summer if this is a reality.

The programs will be held March 21, at the Mahaska County Extension Office in Oskaloosa, and March 22, at the Jones County Extension Office in Monticello. Please RSVP your intent to participate by calling the ICA office at 515-296-2266 by Friday, March 15. Lunch will be provided free of charge thanks to local business sponsors.

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