Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) are preparing for the ISU Feedlot School 2016 to be held at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, beginning July 12.  ISU Extension beef program specialist Chris Clark said the five-part educational series will offer information about numerous aspects of feedlot management including environmental stewardship, facility design, animal health, feedlot nutrition and Beef Quality Assurance.

"I have tried to plan a pretty comprehensive program that includes several important topics for feedlot producers," he said. "The curriculum should be educational for anyone involved in the day to day management of a feedlot."

Clark will lead the program that features presentations from ISU extension agricultural engineering program specialist Shawn Shouse, and IBC program specialist Erika Lundy. Participants will have the opportunity to become BQA certified and learn about the BQA Feedyard Assessment.

The first session is set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 pm on July 12 at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center, Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, with a presentation on environmental controls and facility design.

“Manure management, runoff control, and environmental stewardship will continue to be very important aspects of feedlot management,” Clark said. “We plan to discuss advantages and disadvantages of different facility designs not only in terms of environmental controls but also in terms of performance, animal comfort and cost.”

Future session topics include animal health management, changing distillers grains and incorporating cover crops into a feedlot system. The rest of the session dates are tentatively set for July 26, August 9, and September 6, with a final tour date to be determined. Meeting times for all regular sessions will be 9:30 a.m. to 3 pm.

The registration fee is $125 for the entire series. For more information or to register please contact Clark at 712-250-0070 or by email at caclark@iastate.edu.