Dr. Tom Noffsinger will teach stockmanship concepts and methods during the upcoming Iowa workshops.
Dr. Tom Noffsinger will teach stockmanship concepts and methods during the upcoming Iowa workshops.

Beef producers who want to learn more about improving animal movement and performance through reduced stress on livestock are invited to attend one of three workshops in eastern Iowa on Sept. 19-20. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab said the stockmanship and handling portion of each workshop features nationally recognized cattle handling expert Dr. Tom Noffsinger of Nebraska.

“He bases his presentation on four simple principles of cattle behavior: cattle want to see you, go around you, be with other cattle, and can process only one thought at a time,” she said. “Tom also will demonstrate low stress handling methods that can be used for gathering animals from pasture as well as processing through corrals.”

In addition to animal handling, Doug Bear from the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) will be certifying participants through the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. This is the foundation for the Tyson FarmCheck program, which will be required starting in 2017 for all who sell cattle to Tyson.

Workshop dates, locations, start times and attendance requirements are as follows:

·         Sept. 19. NICC Beef Center, Calmar. 12:30 p.m. Open to all beef producers.

·         Sept. 19. Wyoming Fairgrounds, Wyoming. 6 p.m. Open to Jones County Cattlemen Association members only.

·         Sept. 20. Clinton County Fairgrounds, DeWitt. 9 a.m. Open to all beef producers.

“There is no fee to attend any of the sessions, but we strongly encourage everyone to preregister to ensure adequate resource materials,” Schwab said.  “Light refreshments will be provided for attendees at each location.”

To preregister, contact the Benton County Extension Office at 319-472-4739.

These workshops are sponsored by the cattlemen groups of these counties: Allamakee, Cedar, Clinton, Clayton, Fayette, Jackson, Jones and Scott; and by Iowa Beef Center, ISU Extension and Outreach, and IBIC.