BeefMeets 2018

The Iowa Cattle Industry Convention has traditionally been held in Des Moines in December, offering education, networking, policy discussions and a robust trade show.

Instead of holding an Iowa Cattle Industry Convention in 2016, ICA held 4 regional BeefMeets in June and a Leadership Summit in December. BeefMeets were also held in June of 2017.

Each BeefMeet incorporates several educational seminars, district meetings, grassroots issues surfacing and a trade show. No matter what your interest is in the Iowa Cattlemen's Association or beef industry, there will be something there for you!

June 6 - Red Oak | June 12 - Manchester | June 13 - Mt. Pleasant | June 19 - Sheldon | June 20 - Ft. Dodge

Register online today!

Southwest Iowa BeefMeet

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Red Coach Inn | 1200 Senate Ave | Red Oak, IA

9:30 a.m. Registration and Trade Show

10:00 a.m. Welcome

TOPICS

Calf Health Panel: Joe Werner, Werner Family Angus & Werner Feed Efficiency; Dr. Greg Weis, Southern Hills Vet Clinic; John McCarthy, Montgomery County Producer (confinement calving)

Calf health has a huge impact on the profitability of your operation. Experienced producers and veterinarians offer their perspectives on calf health from birth to weaning. Panelists will discuss important considerations for keeping calves healthy and the lessons they have learned through years of experience.

Market Outlook: Elaine Kub, author of Mastering the Grain Markets

Elaine will discuss how short-term money flows might interfere with the general bullishness of long-term demand growth in the grain and meat markets during the remainder of 2018.

Traceability and Animal ID: Matt Herrington, World Perspectives, Inc.

Some industry experts argue that animal identification and traceability are key to move the US beef industry forward. Many other major beef producing countries already have a program in place, consumers are demanding more and more information about where their food comes from, and a major disease outbreak could be controlled much more quickly with a thorough traceability system.
 
But what do cattle producers really think about traceability? And how can we ensure that any system put in place has the best interests of the producers at heart? This presentation will share the results of a national study, commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and detail the challenges and opportunities for the US beef industry in the realm of animal identification and traceability.
 
Following the presentation, attendees will have a chance to give their input on traceability, and their recommendations for Iowa’s cattle industry moving forward.

Youth Beef Team Training: Mary Greiman

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Beef Team is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry. The training will take place at 9:30 AM.

Register online today! Registration is $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members until June 4, when prices go up $10. Students attend for free thanks to the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation.

 

Northeast Iowa BeefMeet

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Delaware County Fairgrounds Community Building | 200 East Acres St. | Manchester, IA

9:30 a.m. Registration and Trade Show

10:00 a.m. Welcome

TOPICS

The Economics of Cover Crops: Karl Dallefeld, Prairie Creek Seed; Meghan Filbert, Practical Farmers of Iowa; Jack Smith, Dubuque County Producer

The soil health and water quality benefits of cover crops are well known, but can they also improve farm profits? Panelists will answer that question and more, sharing information they’ve gleaned from years of experience with cover crops on multiple farms.

Feeding Cattle with a Price Floor in Place: Carl Babler, Atten Babler Commodities

You do everything you can to control your cost of production, and you know your breakeven. But the market can be unpredictable. Get an update on what the markets might do over the next few months, and some tips to manage risk in the meantime.

Traceability and Animal ID: Matt Herrington, World Perspectives, Inc.

Some industry experts argue that animal identification and traceability are key to move the US beef industry forward. Many other major beef producing countries already have a program in place, consumers are demanding more and more information about where their food comes from, and a major disease outbreak could be controlled much more quickly with a thorough traceability system.
 
But what do cattle producers really think about traceability? And how can we ensure that any system put in place has the best interests of the producers at heart? This presentation will share the results of a national study, commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and detail the challenges and opportunities for the US beef industry in the realm of animal identification and traceability.
 
Following the presentation, attendees will have a chance to give their input on traceability, and their recommendations for Iowa’s cattle industry moving forward.

Youth Beef Team Training: Mary Greiman

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Beef Team is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry. The training will take place at 9:30 AM.

Register online today! Registration is $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members until June 4, when prices go up $10. Students attend for free thanks to the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation.

 

Southeast Iowa BeefMeet

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

3:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Iowa Wesleyan University Social Hall | 601 N. Main | Mt. Pleasant, IA

3:30 p.m. Registration and Trade Show

4:00 p.m. Welcome

TOPICS

Land Use Panel: Seth Watkins - transitioning CRP to pasture; Phil Peitz - backgrounding; Randy Eddy - converting row-crop ground to hay ground/pasture

Southern Iowa land can be used profitably in a variety of ways. Hear from three producers who have gone beyond row crops to utilize their land efficiently for their cattle operation. Randy Eddy has converted row-crop ground to pasture, Phil Pietz backgrounds calves, and Seth Watkins has converted expired CRP to pasture. 

Estate Planning: Melissa O'Rourke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Concerned about the future of your farm operation?  Do you have questions about transferring family or farm assets, updating will or trust documents, powers of attorney and health care directives?  Thinking about how to have conversations and communicate with family members?  Melissa O’Rourke, an attorney and ISU Extension Farm and Business Management Field Specialist will give a brief presentation on transition and estate planning, including thoughts on how families can start conversations about estate planning, transitioning the farm business, and build a team of professionals to assist in the process. 

Traceability and Animal ID: Matt Herrington, World Perspectives, Inc.

Some industry experts argue that animal identification and traceability are key to move the US beef industry forward. Many other major beef producing countries already have a program in place, consumers are demanding more and more information about where their food comes from, and a major disease outbreak could be controlled much more quickly with a thorough traceability system.
 
But what do cattle producers really think about traceability? And how can we ensure that any system put in place has the best interests of the producers at heart? This presentation will share the results of a national study, commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and detail the challenges and opportunities for the US beef industry in the realm of animal identification and traceability.
 
Following the presentation, attendees will have a chance to give their input on traceability, and their recommendations for Iowa’s cattle industry moving forward.

Youth Beef Team Training: Mary Greiman

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Beef Team is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry. The training will take place at 3:30 PM.

Register online today! Registration is $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members until June 4, when prices go up $10. Students attend for free thanks to the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation.

 

Northwest Iowa BeefMeet

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

3:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A | 603 W. Park Street | Sheldon, IA

3:30 p.m. Registration and Trade Show

4:00 p.m. Welcome

TOPICS

Managing Feed Intake from the Feed Shed through the Bunk: Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota

Feeding cattle is simple but feeding conditions existing in cattle pens, feed storage, loading and delivery complicate it. A few reminders of simple approaches to optimize Cattle feeding will be shared in this session. These approaches should reduce cost, improve gain and feed conversion in the feedlot. 

Financial Planning Panel: Kelvin Leibold,  Iowa State University Extension; Dave Karnopp, Farm Credit Services of America; Darin Newsom, DTN Senior Analyst

It’s no secret that farm income has been on the downslide the past few years. Hear predictions and advice from a panel of experts who will share a market outlook and tips to protect profit over the next 12-24 months. Bring your questions! 

Traceability and Animal ID: Matt Herrington, World Perspectives, Inc.

Some industry experts argue that animal identification and traceability are key to move the US beef industry forward. Many other major beef producing countries already have a program in place, consumers are demanding more and more information about where their food comes from, and a major disease outbreak could be controlled much more quickly with a thorough traceability system.
 
But what do cattle producers really think about traceability? And how can we ensure that any system put in place has the best interests of the producers at heart? This presentation will share the results of a national study, commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and detail the challenges and opportunities for the US beef industry in the realm of animal identification and traceability.
 
Following the presentation, attendees will have a chance to give their input on traceability, and their recommendations for Iowa’s cattle industry moving forward.

Youth Beef Team Training: Mary Greiman

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Beef Team is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry. The training will take place at 3:30 PM.

Register online today! Registration is $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members until June 4, when prices go up $10. Students attend for free thanks to the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation.


 

West Central Iowa BeefMeet

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

3:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Webster County Fairgrounds | 22770 Old Highway 169 | Ft. Dodge

3:30 p.m. Registration and Trade Show

4:00 p.m. Welcome

TOPICS

Effective Stockmanship - Live Demonstration: Curt Pate, Stockmanship

Whether you have a few 4-H projects or a full herd, effective animal handling is important to decrease stress on the animals and humans involved. This live demonstration will share common sense ideas on gathering, sorting, processing, loading, and moving groups as well as handling one animal.

Financial Planning Panel: Kelvin Leibold,  Iowa State University Extension; Dave Karnopp, Farm Credit Services of America; Darin Newsom, DTN Senior Analyst

It’s no secret that farm income has been on the downslide the past few years. Hear predictions and advice from a panel of experts who will share a market outlook and tips to protect profit over the next 12-24 months. Bring your questions! 

Traceability and Animal ID: Matt Herrington, World Perspectives, Inc.

Some industry experts argue that animal identification and traceability are key to move the US beef industry forward. Many other major beef producing countries already have a program in place, consumers are demanding more and more information about where their food comes from, and a major disease outbreak could be controlled much more quickly with a thorough traceability system.
 
But what do cattle producers really think about traceability? And how can we ensure that any system put in place has the best interests of the producers at heart? This presentation will share the results of a national study, commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and detail the challenges and opportunities for the US beef industry in the realm of animal identification and traceability.
 
Following the presentation, attendees will have a chance to give their input on traceability, and their recommendations for Iowa’s cattle industry moving forward.

Youth Beef Team Training: Mary Greiman

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Beef Team is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry. The training will take place at 3:30 PM.

Register online today! Registration is $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members until June 4, when prices go up $10. Students attend for free thanks to the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation.