CSIF hosts cattle building open house

03-21-2012 in Cattle

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – March 21, 2012 – Cattle farmers interested in learning more about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend a cattle building open house near Washta, Iowa on Wednesday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The open house will be located at Grand Meadow Feeders, 553 620th Street in Washta, home of the Hoop Beef System® New Research and Development Feedlot. For directions, call 1-888-683-9076 or visit www.hoopbeef.com.

The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), Hoop Beef System, LLC and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

Experts will be available to answer questions about the advantages of raising cattle under roof as well as the rules and regulations that impact cattle farms today. The open house will showcase the economic development new livestock farms create and highlight the ways modern livestock buildings enhance animal care and safeguard the environment.

Hoop Beef System staff will offer tours of the new facility, explain how livestock is raised and demonstrate the latest technology used in feeding cattle today. “This is a great opportunity to see the newest innovations in deep bedded cattle feeding and to talk to the cattlemen using them,” says Brent Bryant with Hoop Beef System, LLC.

CSIF staff 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.

“This event provides a valuable opportunity for farmers to learn more about various cattle production systems,” says Brian Waddingham, CSIF Executive Director. “Many Iowa cattle feeders have moved away from open lots and are now using hoop or monoslope buildings. If you are curious about the benefits of raising cattle under roof, or have questions on how to get started, this is an event you don’t want to miss.”

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.

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