CSIF Field Day to Focus on Calving Under Roof

08-05-2016 in Cattle

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – August 5, 2016 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting a “Calving Under Roof Field Day” on August 25 near Linden to provide livestock farmers an opportunity to tour existing calving barns, hear about the economics of calving under roof, outline strategies to reduce feed costs, discuss cattle health considerations and receive a rules and regulations update.

“We’ve definitely seen an increased interest from farmers in placing cows under roof,” said Brian Waddingham, executive director of CSIF. “This option allows the farmer easy access to monitor the animals and also protects them from inclement weather. The field day will provide Iowa’s cattle farmers with the opportunity to see firsthand cows calving under roof and help them determine if this option is right for them.”

The “Calving Under Roof Field Day” will provide unique insight from industry experts such as Moe Russell, president of Russell Consultant Group, who has an extensive background in the economics of cattle production and will offer insight into the financial feasibility of calving under roof today. Shawn Nicholson from the Stuart Vet Clinic will discuss ways to manage herd health and offer tips on reproductive strategies when raising cows under roof. Also on the agenda is Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director, who will provide attendees with an overview of the rules and regulations impacting calving barns and considerations to take into account before starting construction.

In addition, the field day will feature two farms where attendees will have the opportunity to tour facilities housing cows with 2016 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 August 19. For more information about the tour or to register, visit www.supportfarmers.com or call 1-800-932-2436. Space is limited, so register today. For a complete agenda, click here.

The field day is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, Hoop Beef System, LLC, Accu Steel, Hedgewood Equipment, Suther Feed, Redfield Feed & Supply and Peoples Trust and Savings.

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 Egg Council, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.

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