Fresh Beef Processing Short Course - Fall

September 12, 2023 8:00am to September 14, 2023 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 Courtyard Ames and the Meat Laboratory. If you will be staying at a hotel other than the Courtyard Ames, it will be your responsibility to meet the shuttle departing from the Courtyard Ames each morning at 7:30 a.m.


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 Courtyard Hotel


Registration for the September 12-14, 2023 Fresh Beef Short Course will open on June 12, 2023.

The fee for the Fresh Beef Processing Short Course is $1,595.00 per person, after September August 22, 2023, the fee will increase to $1,795.00 per person. Registration will close by September 5, 2023. The registration fee includes course materials, lunch all 3 days, refreshment breaks, the Tuesday evening social, and transportation between the Courtyard Ames and the Meat Lab.


A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the headquarters hotel with a rate of $114.00 per night plus taxes,

Courtyard by Marriott Ames
311 South 17th Street
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-620-5910 - indicate you are attending the Fresh Beef Short Course
Online: will be posted on June 1, 2022

Please make your hotel reservations before August 28, 2023 to guarantee a room at the conference rate. Reservations made after the deadline are subject to room availability.


Download the Fresh Beef Short Course brochure here

Change in Plans

You may substitute another person at any time prior to the start of the course. If you need to cancel your registration before August 28, 2023 you may receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. If you need to cancel your registration between August 24, 2023 and September 4, 2023, you may receive a 50% refund. If you cancel your registration between September 5, 2023 and the start of the course, no refund will be issued. Contact Matt Wenger at or 515-294-9279 if you have changes to your plans.