AMES, Iowa — This year’s BeefMeets will include education on policy and production topics, industry updates, a tradeshow and a meal. Not only will attendees learn more about topics affecting the beef business, but it’s a great opportunity to voice concerns and work towards solutions with ICA staff and leaders.
Beef Meets locations and dates are as follows:
6/4: Lakin Center in Malvern
6/5: The Barn at Bunker Hill in Wilton
6/6: Wilkerson Farms in Linden
6/11: The Grainery in Cherokee
6/13: Pine View Angus in Colesburg
BeefMeets will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each event will feature a keynote speaker followed by a farm tour or cover crops panel presentation. ICA staff will update the audience on policy priorities and the Iowa Beef Industry Council will also share key accomplishments and plans.
Malvern – June 4
Joe Leathers, Keynote – Since 2008, Joe Leathers has managed the historic 6666 (Four Sixes) Ranch which covers 275,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle. As a member of the NCBA Traceability Working Group, Leathers encourages producers to be proactive members of the discussion surrounding livestock traceability. The Four Sixes Ranch has been using EIDs since 2011, when their cows had to be moved across state lines due to drought. Since then, the individual IDs have helped to enhance management of cows across several states in several different ways.
Will Longinaker, Cover Crops Panel – Will Longinaker, cow/calf producer from Fremont County, has been planting and grazing cover crops including rye, canola and turnips for around 5 years. On the Longinaker farm, spring grazing helps offset hay costs, and allows pastures time to grow. “I wouldn’t have made it through this spring without the cover crops to graze,” Will says. “I would have had to buy hay for my cows.” At the Malvern BeefMeet, hear Will’s advice and lessons learned in cover crop grazing.
Wilton – June 5
Joe Leathers, Keynote – Following the June 4 BeefMeet in Malvern, Leathers will travel with us to Wilton, sharing his thoughts on voluntary traceability with producers in eastern Iowa.
Karl Dallefeld, Prairie Creek Seed, Cover Crops Panel – An expert on cover crops and cattle, Karl will share lessons learned from working with dozens of cattle producers across the midwest. If you are interested in grazing or harvesting cover crops, don’t miss this BeefMeet presentation. Karl will also be joining us in Malvern.
Linden – June 6
Jacqui Fatka, Keynote – A native Iowan, Jacqui is the policy editor at Feedstuffs and Farm Futures. As a daughter of a farmer, she continually looks for ways to simplify the often complex and misunderstood world of agricultural policy into common terms for readers. She writes articles daily on the many political happenings across the country specializing in coverage of regulations, trade, farm bill, biofuels and immigration policy. She writes weekly insight for the Feedstuffs Inside Washington column and Farm Futures´ blog DC Dialogue.
Wilkerson Farms, Farm Tour – It has been five years since Chad and Amy Wilkerson built their first hoop barn for calving. Since then, they’ve added a second barn and opened their doors, literally and figuratively, to other cattle producers interested in calving under roof. Join us in Linden to see the barns first-hand, and hear about the successes, challenges, and opportunities related to confinement calving.
Cherokee – June 11
Chris Clayton, Keynote – As the Ag Policy Editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer since 2005, Chris Clayton is up to speed on the policy issues that impact your cattle operation. In his presentation, Clayton will cover the latest updates on federal policy topics, including fake meat, WOTUS, China and USMCA.
Grant Breitkreutz, Cover Crops Panel – The Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association’s President-Elect, Breitkreutz has been planting and grazing triticale post-harvest for about twenty years on his southern Minnesota farm. As the winner of many awards, including NCBA’s Regional Environmental Stewardship Award, Breitkreutz is eager to share the lessons he’s learned in cover-cropping and grazing throughout the years.
Colesburg – June 13
Chris Clayton, Keynote – Chris will trek across Iowa to join us in Colesburg for the 5th and final BeefMeet of 2019.
Pine View Angus, Farm Tour – Located in the hills of Clayton County, Pine View Angus was the 2017 winner of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge. John Wessel and his brother, Tom, have built an award-winning Angus seedstock operation and commercial herd through precise heifer and sire selection. Hear their advice first-hand and enjoy a tour of the farm, including a secluded pasture nestled in the hills of northeast Iowa.
Registration is free for students, $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit www.iacattlemen.org to register.
— Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
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