March 23, 2012
Great visit to a cattle confinement facility near Shenandoah Iowa
This past Tuesday March 13 2012 I had the great pleasure of meeting with about 75 of Iowa’s top beef producers who came to see a monoslope cattle confinement facility in action during a co-sponsored cattle industry event in Shenandoah Iowa. Sponsors included the Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association the Iowa Beef Industry Council and our company - Summit Livestock Facilities. We all learned a lot from the presenters who included Becky Sexton of Twin Lakes Environmental Services Kent Mowrer of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers and Moe Russell of Russell Consulting Group.
Kent and Becky gave us a great overview of the regulatory issues feedlot operators face. And Moe taught us about how many feedlots financially outperform some of America’s most profitable businesses on a return on assets basis. Great information! The presentations were all very interesting and I’ll be blogging more on what we learned there in the coming weeks. For now let me say how very much I appreciated the valuable information provided.
The highlight of the day for most of us was a tour of the brand new beef confinement facility of Brent Lorimor. He and his brother run the operation. It’s immaculate! I noticed Brent must have been experimenting with straw verses corn stalks as the bedding material. In both cases the bed packs were high and dry. And the cattle looked fantastic. Brent also commented on what a good business decision his investment in the operation is already.
The outside temperature reached 80 degrees and in the sun I got a little warm so we moved inside the barn (in the cattle working area) where there was cool shade and a gentle breeze. It was very comfortable. But then that’s what a monoslope beef barn is supposed to be.
Ed Leman Beef Specialist