AMES, Iowa — Iowa Beef Industry Council in partnership with New York Beef Council (NYBC), live-streamed a virtual farm tour connecting consumers to a New York cow-calf operation and an Iowa feedlot. The fifty-minute-long Facebook Live Stream introduced attendees to Betsy Hicks of Maple Acres Farm located in McGraw, NY before virtually traveling to Nate Graham’s finishing lot in Cherokee County, Iowa.
The virtual tours included an overview of the beef life cycle including an up-close look at cow/calf pairs. The tour also introduced attendees to what cattle eat, and how farmers manage their land through rotational grazing. Additional topics discussed were cattle identification, record keeping and herd health management. Graham Feedlots is a fourth-generation family farm that takes great care in producing high-quality feed for their cattle and works to provide the highest quality care to their cattle which is highlighted throughout the tour.
— Iowa Beef Industry Council
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