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Beef checkoff offers programs on proper livestock handling methods

Marion County News of Pleasantville, Iowa

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The beef checkoff-funded Iowa Beef Quality Assurance program is bringing Curt Pate back to Iowa the week of December 13, 2010. The tour will be in the southern part of the state with stops at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis on Wednesday, December 15th, the Chris Petty Feedyard south of Leon on Thursday, December 16th and at Knox-ville Regional Livestock Market on Friday, December 17th. The programs will start late morning and conclude early in the afternoon.

"The Stockmanship & Stewardship Tour" travels the country and uses live cattle-handling demos to inform cattlemen about the importance and benefits of proper cattle handling - and its critical role in increasing consumer confidence in beef. The tour includes special hands-on training sessions at livestock auction markets and other venues where cattle producers meet to discuss improved stockmanship methods, as well as the pivotal role producers play in sustaining beef quality for consumers. Curt Pate has been conducting livestock handling programs nationally and internationally, for over 10 years. More information about Pate and his program can be found at Brian Waddingham, Director of Industry Relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC), will also be participating in these programs. He will be discussing the tools that are available for cattlemen to improve animal care and well-being on the farm. "Pate's program is a real eye opener for producers as it allows them to see first-hand the benefits of moving cattle with minimum stress and the positive impact it has on both the cattle and those moving them," said Waddingham.

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension Livestock Program Specialist, is helping coordinate the tour. Sellers will discuss disposition scoring and the impact of cattle temperament on cattle performance and carcass quality at the Leon site. "Proper cattle handling and husbandry are critical to both cattle health and performance and producer safety. This workshop will be of great interest to innovative Iowa producers," said Sellers. Darrell Busby of the Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity will review TCSCF data on the impact of cattle disposition on feedlot performance and carcass quality at the Armstrong farm location.

Please RSVP by December 13 to help with meal plans by contacting Brian Waddingham at 515-296-2305, Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270 or Clint McDonald at 712-355-1034 for more information.

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Original Publication Date: December 9, 2010

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