CSIF Bus Tour to Focus on Calving Under Roof

02-04-2013 in Cattle

Industry experts share insight into calving, cattle health and rules and regulations

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – February 4, 2013 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting a “Calving Under Roof Facility Tour” to provide livestock farmers an opportunity to see existing calving barns, provide an update on cattle confinement rules and regulations and discuss cattle health and nutrition considerations. The tour, co-sponsored by Hoop Beef System, LLC and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, will be held February 20, 2013 near Grundy Center.

“Due to the overwhelming success of the Calving Under Roof Workshop we sponsored in January, we felt there was a real need to offer more information about calving under roof,” said Brian Waddingham, Executive Director of CSIF.  “This tour is designed to provide Iowa’s cattle farmers with the opportunity to see firsthand cows calving under roof and provide the resources they need to determine if calving under roof is right for them.”

The “Calving Under Roof Tour” will provide unique insight from industry experts such as Tim Bickett, a Hoop Beef System, LLC Consultant, who has an extensive background in designing structures to calve in as well as herd health and nutrition considerations.  Also on the agenda is Kent Mowrer, CSIF Field Specialist, who helps livestock farmers successfully and responsibly grow their farms, comply with rules and regulations and provide ideas and strategies to help young people return to the farm.  The tour will feature two farms where attendees will have the opportunity to see facilities housing cows with 2013 calves at their side.  Attendees will also learn how each cattle farmer manages the cattle, the facility, cattle health and nutrition.

Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by February 15. For more information about the tour or to register, visit www.supportfarmers.com/calving or call 1-800-932-2436.  Space is limited, so register today. For a complete agenda, click here.

CSIF was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock successfully and responsibly.  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.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost.  CSIF does not lobby or develop policy.  Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436.


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