WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers interested in learning about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend an open house at the T& M Cattle Feeding Operation on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. with a short program following. The T&M Cattle Feeding Operation is located at 135 520th Street, Marcus, Iowa.
“The open house is a great opportunity to see how modern livestock buildings enhance animal care and safeguard the environment and how much livestock contributes to our local economy,” said CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham. “Cherokee County’s family farms and agriculture businesses employ 36 percent of the county’s workforce, bringing over $212 million in wages to the county. These economic contributions enhance the local communities, schools and quality of life for all residents.”
The open house will feature two traditional confinements as well as two 10 percent outside deep-pitted cattle barns with rubber mats on the slats for cattle comfort.
Attendees will learn about the latest technology used in cattle feeding. “This is a perfect opportunity for farmers to see the benefits of raising 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, Ten Corp, Inc., and Cattlemen’s Heritage.
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.
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.
— Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers