The goal of the Feedlot Short Course is to optimize participant learning by exposing them to new technology, research, and best management practices that they can take home and implement on their feedlots to improve how they do business.

The best way to achieve this is a small group setting, with a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction. Experts in the feedlot industry will provide in-depth information on nutrition basics, data management, feed bunk management and health issues. The program includes sessions at the ISU Beef Nutrition Research Farm near Ames and Couser Cattle Company, a commercial feedyard near Nevada.

Learning objectives

  • Better identify, understand and manage animal health issues in the feedlot
  • Increase management skills of basic nutrition, feed mixing and bunk management
  • Evaluate existing data collection to improve record keeping skills and better utilize information to make management decisions
  • Facilitate peer networking and learning


  • Feedlot managers
  • Feedlot employees
  • Feedlot industry consultants


  • Bunk management and the basics of starting cattle on feed
  • Feed mixing demonstration and evaluation
  • Feedlot nutrition
  • Managing and identifying cattle health issues in the feedlot
  • Facility design and cattle handling
  • Data management

Continuing education

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) continuing education units (CEUs) have been requested.

COVID-19 Response

Consistent with Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, this event is taking measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 for our campus visitors. For the latest information on ISU's response to COVID-19 please visit

Planned measures in effect for this event (subject to change):

  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed in course facilities and during course tours as much as possible
  • Face coverings should be used when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Meals included in registration will be pre-packaged or served by licensed caterers.

As restrictions and conditions change if it becomes necessary to make changes to the short course or cancel attendees will be notified by email as well as notices posted here. Registration fees will be refunded in the event of cancellation or if any individual wishes to cancel their registration.




Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – Thursday, August 13, 2020

Registration check-in 12:30 pM, Tuesday, August 11.
Program begins at 1:00 pM on August 11 and concludes at noon on Thursday, August 13.


Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
2508 Mortensen Road
Ames, Iowa 50014

Free parking is available in lots surrounding the Learning Center.


Erika Lundy

Erika Lundy
extension beef field specialist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Dan Loy

Dan Loy
extension beef specialist and director, Iowa Beef Center
Iowa State University

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or