Beef Facilities Conference in Sioux Falls – Nov. 21

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – Several types of beef barns are becoming more common across the Upper Midwest. However, when it comes to deciding which one is right for their cattle operation many cattle producers still have questions regarding the cattle management, production impacts, manure management and air quality of each barn type.

SDSU Extension is hosting a one-day Beef Facilities Conference to help answer producers’ questions. This conference will be held Nov. 21 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls. The conference runs from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference is a cooperative effort of South Dakota State University, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension, USDA Agricultural Research Service and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The conference was developed for feedlot producers, beef consultants, building contractors, engineers and consultants, state and federal agency staff and extension and university professionals.


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.

Morning presenters include; Erin Cortus, Assistant Professor at SDSU and SDSU Extension Environmental Quality Engineer; Mindy Spiehs, Research Animal Scientist at USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; Rick Stowell, Associate Professor at UNL; Kris Kohl, ISU Extension and Outreach Ag Engineering Program Specialist and Angie Rieck-Hinz, Extension Program Specialist at ISU.

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. The university panel includes; Robbi Pritchard, Distinguished Professor at SDSU; Dan Loy, Director of the Iowa Beef Center at ISU and Shawn Shouse, ISU Extension and Outreach Ag Engineering Program Specialist; and Russ Euken, ISU Extension and Outreach Livestock Program Specialist.

Conference information, registration materials and potential sponsorship are available on-line at Registration is $40 if registered by Nov. 14. Students receive a $15 discount. Fees will increase $20 after Nov. 14 for all participants.

For more information, please contact Cortus at 605-688-5144 or