Low-stress cattle handling demos scheduled
Four days in late July are targeted at providing Iowa cattle producers with training on low-stress cattle handling. Each event is part of the on-going educational sessions that the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is offering through its Beef Business Connections program. Producers who attend the training and demonstration sessions can become BQA-certified.
BQA stands for Beef Quality Assurance. This is a national program that provides guidelines for humane and safe beef cattle production. Low-stress cattle handling involves creating a positive interaction every time between the farmers and their cattle, says Doug Bear, director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council.
Dates and locations of the four sessions are:
July 22—North Iowa Area Community College Farm Lab in Mason City;
July 23—Tippie Beef Education Center at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids;
July 25—Lee County Fairgrounds in Donnellson; and
July 26—the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Red Oak.
Each day the training is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a meal is provided for those registered.
To register for any of these events, call the ICA office at 515-296-2266 and provide your name, names of others who will be attending the event, and the location you will attend. The meals and certification are free, but registration helps planning for meals and seating.
Kip Lukasiewicz, DVM, will lead the training sessions at Mason City and Cedar Rapids. Lukasiewicz is president of Sandhills Cattle Consultants, and is a consultant with Production Animal Consultation. The presenter at the Donnellson and Red Oak trainings will be, Tom Noffsinger, DVM, a production animal veterinarian and an independent feedlot consultant on facility design and stockmanship. He is also associated with Production Animal Consultation. Bear will be on hand at each event to administer the BQA certification test.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”