Farm family hosts cattle building open house Sept. 7

08-28-2012 in Cattle

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – August 27, 2012 – Farmers interested in learning about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend an open house at the Ted and Ben Novak farm on Friday, September 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Novak farm is located at 3185 295th Street, Elberon, Iowa.  The event is open to the public and a complimentary lunch will be provided. (Please note the corrected address.)

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 Novak’s open house will feature a new deep-pitted cattle barn with gable roof and a continuous ventilated ridge. The slats in the barn have rubber mats for cattle comfort.

The Novak 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 using it successfully,” says Brian Waddingham, CSIF Executive Director.  “It’s also a great opportunity for community members to learn more about the benefits of livestock to their community and get their questions answered right from the farmer.”

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), Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Tama County Cattlemen, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Farm Credit Services of America, Big Gain Feeds, Pro Ag Engineering, Kinzenbaw Earthmoving and DeRocher Construction.

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


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