John McCarthy Family to Host Calving Barn Open House

05-22-2017 in Cattle

Event to Highlight Environmental Safeguards and Animal Care 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – May 22, 2017 – Farmers interested in learning about the benefits of calving under roof are invited to attend an open house at the John McCarthy family farm, tour their new monoslope calving barn and enjoy a complimentary lunch on Thursday, June 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The McCarthy farm is located at 2219 200th Street, Red Oak, Iowa.

“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 open house will provide Iowa’s cattle farmers with the opportunity to tour a 240 head calving under roof monoslope barn and help them determine if this option is right for them.”

Attendees will also learn about the latest technology used in calving under roof. “This is a perfect opportunity for farmers to see the benefits of calving cattle under roof and get their questions answered by farmers who are doing it successfully,” Waddingham said. “There will also be an opportunity to interact with industry partners about the products and services they have available to assist cattle farmers.”

Experts from CSIF will also be available to provide insight into interpreting rules and regulations impacting livestock farms, 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 and local support.

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

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 Beef Industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.


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