Fresh Beef Processing Short Course - Fall

September 10, 2024 8:00am to September 12, 2024 5:00pm

About the Fresh Beef Short Course

The Fresh Beef Processing Short Course is designed to offer a hands-on experience for participants who have an interest in expanding their knowledge of the beef processing industry.

Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available.

Enrollment for this course is limited so that participants can participate in hands on activities and have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University‚Äôs modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.


This short course is designed for persons working in the meat processing industry with a focus on harvest, fabrication, and processing of beef. It will also provide valuable information for those in live animal production, marketing, food production, supplier, and other industries related to fresh beef.

Topics Covered

  • Beef harvest
  • Beef carcass grading
  • Beef carcass fabrication
  • Beef carcass yields
  • Beef cut identification
  • HACCP and Food Safety
  • Basic meat science
  • Ground Beef Manufacturing
  • Packaging systems
  • Branded beef programs
  • Antimicrobials and carcass interventions
  • Sanitation
  • Beef value cuts
  • Equipment and PPE
  • Animal handling
  • Stunning

Location and Local Shuttle

The Fresh Beef Processing Short Course will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory. Public parking is not available near the Meat Laboratory so a shuttle bus will transport you between the hotel and the Meat Laboratory.


The shuttle will depart the Courtyard each morning at 7:30 a.m. for the ISU Meat Laboratory. See the Location and Shuttle section for more details.

  • Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with an optional evening social
  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Meals/Social Events

Lunch: will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Breaks: coffee, soda, bottled water and snacks will be available all day at the Meat Laboratory
Evening social: hosted bar and appetizers on Tuesday evening at the hotel


Registration for the September 10-12, 2024 Fresh Beef Short Course will be posted in early 2024


Infomration coming early 2024


Download the 2023 Fresh Beef Short Course brochure here

Change in Plans

Infomration coming early 2024