Date: 2/28/2017 12:00:00 AM

Title: Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Feedlot Forums to be held in March

Although feedlot profit margins are expected to improve in 2017, many producers are still recovering from a couple of rough years. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has three educational events scheduled for feedlot operators in March to help cattle producers minimize costs and maximize profits.

Speakers include Jamey Kohake, a cattle feeder and broker for Paragon Investments. He has more than 15 years’ experience advising grain and livestock producers on price trends and marketing strategies. He will provide a timely market outlook and risk management session for producers.

Bunk management and nutrition will be discussed by Dr. Alfredo DiConstanzo, of the University of Minnesota. Dr. DiConstanzo is an expert on nutrition management that maximizes economic efficiency.

Dr. Lee Schulz, Iowa State University, will review marketing options for fed cattle. “There is no 'best' pricing method for all producers, but understanding how live weight, dressed weight, grid and formula prices are related can help cattle producers decide which form of fed cattle pricing may be most profitable for them," says Dr. Schulz.

The three forums, which are free of charge and include a complimentary meal, will be held in mid-March.

Wednesday, March 15; 9:00 am - 2:30 pm - New Hampton, IA
Wednesday, March 15; 4:00 - 9:30 pm - Dyersville, IA
Thursday, March 16; 10:00 am - 3:30 pm - Welton, IA

Contact the ICA office at 515-296-2266 to RSVP.

For more information about Feedlot Forums visit

ICA will also hold pasture walks and other educational events around the state later this year in order to provide each segment of the cattle industry information on critical topics.


About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”