Cattle Feeding Sees Resurgence In Northwest Iowa

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(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Cattlemen Association will hold its annual banquet this Saturday at the Le Mars Convention Center upper level. Mike Jurrens of Le Mars is the president of the Plymouth County Cattlemen Association. He says the social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the banquet meal to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Jurrens says following the steak banquet meal, representatives from the Iowa Cattlemen Association will update local cattle producers on some of the issues impacting the cattle and beef industries. Jurrens says musical entertainment
will be provided by Brian Detmers of Sioux Falls. The Plymouth County Cattlemen president says after years of low prices, the cattle industry is beginning to “balance itself”, providing opportunities for nearly everyone involved in the
cattle business.

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The Plymouth County Cattlemen president further explains his position.

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Jurrens says demand for beef products has rebounded, and he anticipates a strong consumer demand heading into the back-yard Bar-b-que season.

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The Plymouth County cattle producer credits the Iowa Cattlemen Association, Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Beef Center for educating the consuming public about the benefits of eating beef. He believes the new state beef check-off of 50 cents a head, in addition to the established national beef
check-off of a dollar per head at the time of sale, will also help with the promotion of beef products.

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Jurrens says because of lower grain prices, and the availability of distilled dried grains as a by-product of ethanol production, northwest Iowa has witnessed a return of the cattle feeding business.

The banquet is open to the public with tickets to the cattlemen’s annual banquet selling at $25.