Ben and Whitney Hein Host Cattle Building Open House

08-26-2015 in Cattle

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – August 26, 2015 – Farmers interested in learning about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend an open house at the Ben and Whitney Hein farm on Wednesday, September 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Hein farm is located at 11989 Richland Road, Monticello, Iowa. The event is open to the public and a complimentary meal will be provided.

The open house will showcase the economic development new livestock farms create while highlighting how modern livestock buildings enhance animal care and safeguard the environment. For example, the open house will feature a new 499 head deep-pitted cattle barn with rubber mats on the slats for cattle comfort. The new building will also showcase under-roof working facilities and exterior pump-outs for manure handling.

The open house will allow attendees to tour the new facility and learn about the latest technology used in cattle feeding. “This is a perfect opportunity for farmers to see the benefits of raising cattle under roof and get their questions answered by farmers who are doing it successfully,” says Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director. “There will also be an opportunity to interact with industry partners about the products and services they have available to assist cattle farmers.”

Experts from CSIF will also be available to provide insight into interpreting rules and regulations impacting livestock farms, enhancing relationships with neighbors and choosing good locations for new barns and feedlots. CSIF assistance is available to farm families at no charge.

The open house is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) and Iowa Beef Systems.

CSIF is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock responsibly and successfully. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.


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