Date: 2/20/2015 12:00:00 AM

Title: March feedlot forums planned in four locations

Whether it’s being prepared for an environmental inspection or an audit by a packer, Iowa feedyards need to comply with a variety of regulations. Being prepared to handle those, as well as being in tune with the market outlook, are all topics that will be covered at four Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Feedlot Forums planned for March 11-13.

The meetings, each which include a meal, will be at Buzzy’s in Welton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and at Country Junction in Dyersville, from 4-9 p.m., on March 11. On March 12, the forum moves to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Osage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on March 13, the last forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hartley Community Center in Hartley.

At all four meetings, Eldon McAfee, a Des Moines attorney with long experience working on DNR issues with livestock producers, will talk about the likelihood of a producer being on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources inspection list, and how to prepare if you are.
Also speaking at each meeting is Larry Hicks, a broker at He’ll give an overview of activity in the beef cattle market, as well as an outlook.  And, Justine Stevenson, director of government relations and public policy for ICA, will provide an update on issues and programs during each event.

At the first two meetings in Welton and Dyersville, Keri Retallick, of Validus, a third-party audit firm, will talk about how to prepare for a packer’s audit, such as Tyson Foods FarmCheck™, which is an animal care audit the packer has put in place. An update on the audit process will be given by Lora Wright of Tyson at the Hartley meeting.

In place of that discussion at the Osage meeting, Erika Lundy, a research student at Iowa State University, will talk about the changes in corn co-products and how producers can adapt to still get high value from them.

At the Hartley meeting, Ken Hessenius of DNR will also be on hand to talk about the progress of the EPA-DNR workplan.

There is no cost to producers to attend the forums, but ICA does ask that registrations be made with the office by noon on Tuesday, March 10, so meals can be properly planned. Either call 515-296-2266 or email