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) has approved this course for up to 16 continuing education units (CEUs).

COVID-19 Response

We are prioritizing the health and safety of Iowans and are following the most current federal, state, local, and university COVID-19 guidelines. Visit Open for Iowa to learn our protocols to keep Iowans healthy and safe. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when in the presence of others and unable to maintain a six-foot physical distance.

If it becomes necessary to alter the program or cancel this program, 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.