A series of workshops targeting Iowa beef producers will be held across western Iowa next month which will compare various types of cattle operations. Beth Doran is a beef program specialist at the Iowa State University Extension, based in Orange City. She says the workshops are targeted towards potential and current producers.

“We’re going to try to give an overview of facility types,” Doran says. “We’ll be talking about different kinds of facilities, hoop barns, monoslope barns, open lots, deep-pitted slotted-floor barns. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of them and review some of the research on those types.”

Doran says producers will receive several production resources and tools as well as an updated manual on feedlot systems. “We’re also going to give the workshop participants several scenarios and they’ll have to work through making appropriate choices for an operation,” Doran says. “That might involve their financing decisions, cost-benefit measurements and taking a look at that production environmental risk that’s going on with that.”

Doran says northwest Iowa contains a lot of the different operations that will be discussed in the workshops. Producers interested in attending should call their local extension office to preregister. The workshops will be held on March 3rd in Emmetsburg, March 4th in Cherokee, March 18th in Lewis, and on March 25th in Carrol.

(Reporting by Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton)