The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will be holding five events around the state in June.
This year’s BeefMeets will include education on policy and production topics, a tradeshow and a meal. It’s an opportunity to voice concerns and work towards solutions with ICA staff and leaders, according to a news release from the group.
BeefMeets will take place from 5:30-9 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.
BeefMeets locations, dates and speakers are as follows:
June 4: Lakin Center in Malvern
Since 2008, keynote speaker 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 different ways, Leathers says.
Will Longinaker will participate on a cover crops panel. The cow/calf producer from Fremont County, has been planting and grazing cover crops including rye, canola and turnips for around five years. On the Longinaker farm, spring grazing helps offset hay costs and allows pastures time to grow.
June 5: The Barn at Bunker Hill in Wilton
Following the June 4 Beef Meet in Malvern, Leathers will travel to Wilton, sharing his thoughts on voluntary traceability with producers in eastern Iowa.
Karl Dallefeld, of Prairie Creek Seed, will speak on the cover crops panel. An expert on cover crops and cattle, Dallefeld will share lessons learned from working with dozens of cattle producers across the Midwest. He will also join the discussion in Malvern.
June 6: Wilkerson Farms in Linden
Take a tour of Wilkerson Farms. 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 the event in Linden to see the barns first-hand and hear about the successes, challenges and opportunities related to confinement calving.
June 11: The Grainery in Cherokee
Grant Breitkreutz joins the cover crops panel. The Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association’s president-elect, Breitkreutz has been planting and grazing triticale post-harvest for about 20 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.
June 13: Pine View Angus in Colesburg
Take a farm tour of Pine View Angus. 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.