Fresh Beef Short Course ***New Course***

September 21, 2021 8:00am to September 23, 2021 12:00pm

About the Fresh Beef Short Course

The Fresh Beef 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
  • 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 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 Ames each morning at 7:30 a.m. The course will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. on Monday and conclude by noon on Wednesday.  If you are flying, you should not book your departure time prior to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • 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.-12:00 p.m. 

Meals/Social Events

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


Registration for the 2021 Fresh Beef Short Course will open on June 30, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CST. watch this site for details.

The fee for the Fresh Beef Short Course is $1,295.00 per person, after August 30, 2021, the fee will increase to $1,395.00 per person. This fee includes course materials, lunch, refreshment breaks, and the Tuesday evening reception. Local transportation between the Courtyard Ames and the Meat Lab is also included.


A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the headquarters hotel with a rate of $119.00 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: click here to book your room online

Please make your reservations before August 30, 2021 to guarantee a room at the conference rate. Reservations made after the deadline are subject to room availability.


Download the 2021 Fresh Beef Short Course Brochure.

Change in Plans

If you need to cancel your registration before August 30, 2021 you may send a substitute or you may receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. If you need to cancel your registration after August 30, 2021, you may send a substitute or apply your registration fee to another Meat Science Short Course at Iowa State University. Contact Matt Wenger or 515-294-9279.