A one-day “Beef Facilities Conference” will be held November 21 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, SD. The conference is a cooperative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, South Dakota State University (SDSU), USDA Agricultural Research Service and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

“The purpose of the conference is two-fold,” says Beth Doran, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist. “Morning sessions feature environmental research with these facilities; afternoon sessions focus on building management and cattle performance.”

The morning session includes results of the two-year air emissions study in mono-slope barns, air quality regulations and how to capture, manage and use nutrients produced in beef barns.  The two-year air emissions study looked at the emissions of gases and dust and is one of the first studies looking at air quality in these barns. 

Afternoon sessions involve two panels – a producer panel discussing building management in different style barns and a university panel discussing cattle performance.  Four styles of facilities will be featured – mono-slopes, hoops, slatted floor deep-pit barns and open lots. 

Conference information, registration materials and potential sponsorship are available on-line at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/facility/