ORANGE CITY, Iowa — June 29 marks the return of the ever-popular Feedlot Forum at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Built grassroots up, this forum focuses on issues critical to beef feedlot producers and cutting edge technology available from agribusiness professionals.

The past several years have been a tough road for feedlot producers. They have been challenged with market prices and market disruptions, coupled with production issues such as weather and higher-priced feeds.

This year’s theme for Feedlot Forum 2021, “Producing and Marketing in Today’s Era,” features nationally recognized speakers addressing important issues not only in production, but also in marketing.

Agenda topics and speakers include the following:

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  • "Designing and Implementing Feedlot Implant Strategies" by Wes Gentry, nutritionist for Midwest PMS.

  • "Digital Dermatitis — Old Disease, New Research," by Terry Engelken, veterinarian with Iowa State University's (ISU) Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.

  • "Managing Newly Received Calves" by Dan Thomson, chairman of the ISU Department of Animal Science.

  • Panel discussion on 50/14 legislation with Brad Kooima, CEO of Kooima Kooima Varilek Trading Inc.; Matt Deppe, CEO of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association; and Cora Fox, Director of Government Relations with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

  • "Cattle Market Outlook: National and Iowa Perspectives" by Lee Schulz, Iowa State University Extension livestock economist.

Each topic is especially relevant today. With cash corn prices hovering around $5.50 per bushel, profitability will be strongly affected by management protocols that increase feed efficiency and optimize animal health. Market price, though, is also key to profitability, and events such as the Holcomb, Kansas fire and COVID-19 have skewed prices paid for market animals. Consequently, the beef industry is fervent about market volatility and market transparency.

Registration for Feedlot Forum 2021 opens May 1 and closes June 21. Participants may register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/feedlot-forum-2021 or through the traditional mail-in registration process.

Registration must be prepaid as registrations are limited. Due to COVID, walk-ins will not be allowed. Facemasks will be provided and required until regulations relax.

For more information, contact me at doranb@iastate.edu or call (712) 737-4230.