Checkoff offers handling program

Dec 3, 2010
by WLJ

The beef checkoff-funded 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. 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 www.effect

Brian Waddingham, director of Industry Relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, will also be participating in these programs.

He will be discussing the tools that are available for cattlemen to improve care and well-being.

Iowa Beef Quality Assurance program is bringing Curt Pate back to Iowa the week of Dec. 13, 2010. The tour will be in the southern part of the state with stops at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis on Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Chris Petty Feedyard south of Leon on Thursday, Dec. 16, and at Knoxville Regional Livestock Market on Dec. 17.

“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

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 performance and carcass quality at the Leon site.

Darrell Busby of the Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) will review TCSCF data on the impact of cattle disposition on feedlot performance and carcass quality at the Armstrong farm location.

Please RSVP by Dec. 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. — WLJ