Claeys Family Hosts Cattle Building Open House

06-24-2014 in Cattle

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – June 24, 2014 – Farmers interested in learning about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend an open house at the Curtis and Kendall Claeys farm on Tuesday, July 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Claeys farm is located at 1717 215th Avenue, Delmar, Iowa.  The event is open to the public and a complimentary lunch 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, Claeys open house will feature a new 240 head deep-pitted cattle barn complete with rubber mats on the slats for cattle comfort.

The Claeys family will offer tours of the new facility, explain how livestock is raised and demonstrate the latest technology used in cattle feeding. “This is a perfect opportunity for farmers to see the benefits of raising cattle under roof and talk directly to farmers who are doing it successfully,” says Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director.  “There will also be an opportunity to hear from the event sponsors about the products and services they have available to assist cattle farmers.  It’s also a great opportunity for community members to learn more about modern livestock production and the positive impact it has on their community.”

Experts from CSIF will also be available to provide insight into interpreting rules and regulations impacting animal agriculture, 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), Summit Livestock Facilities, Easy Fix, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Clinton County Cattlemen, DeWitt Bank and Trust Company, DeWitt Veterinary Clinic, Innovative Ag Services and Iowa Concrete Products.

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 www.supportfarmers.com.

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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