April 22, 2013
More than 200 Beef Producers Attended the 2013 National Finishing Cattle Housing Symposium
Over 200 beef producers from eight states attended the 2013 National Finishing Cattle Housing Symposium in Sioux Falls South Dakota.
After a welcome by consulting nutritionist Dr. Tom Peters the day’s first speaker was Dr. Gary Sides of Zoetis putting quality beef production practices in proper perspective. Dr. Sides’ presentation was followed by presentations from Dr. Peters Dr. Sean Montgomery of Corn Belt Livestock Services Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo of the University of Minnesota Guy Selsmeyer of Northern BioGas and Sam Odom of Summit Livestock Facilities. The highlight for many was a producer panel that featured Brent Lorimor from Faragut IA Larry O’Hern from Vermont IL and Richard Bourns from Ireland.
Attendees learned about the impact environment has on cattle performance the value of manure from various housing types composting anaerobic digestion digital dermatitis treatments and key considerations for designing a cattle housing facility to optimize performance and return on investment.
Many thanks to Dr. Peters for investigating and spearheading the Symposium. Without his vision and passion it would not have happened. Also thank you to all the sponsors of this event EasyFix ZinPro Animal Nutrition and Zoetis Animal Health for their help pulling it all together.