Beef Farms to Host Open Houses

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Farmers, consumers, and others interested in viewing the latest technology in the beef business have a unique opportunity this Saturday.

The Illinois Livestock Development Group will coordinate a pair of open houses June 11 at two farms located less than five miles apart in northeast LaSalle County.

Beef farmers Alan Adams, 4435 E. 2750th Rd. Sandwich, and Gary Dau, 2334 N 42nd Rd. Sheridan, plan to open the doors to their farms so interested spectators can view new, modern beef facilities.

The Adams family open house runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday followed by the Dau family open house from noon to 2 p.m. Each attendee of the open houses receives a free hamburger.

“It’s an opportunity for people to look at a couple different ways to go at the monoslope idea,” said Adams, past president of the Illinois Beef Association.

Participants can tour a 500-head dry-pack monoslope barn, a 500-head deep pit monoslope barn, an 850-head deep pit monoslope barn and a bedding pack hoop building at the farms.

“For me, it’s important to see a chance for the beef business in Illinois to expand,” Adams said. “I feel with the technology out there, and in these barns, it’s pretty environmentally friendly and lets us be competitive with about any place in the country at feeding cattle.”

But becoming more efficient wasn’t the only purpose behind the expansion at both farms. The additions also are vital to help the next generation of farmers.

Adams’ son, Ross, and daughter-in-law, Jessie, joined the farm full time in 2009. They represent the sixth generation of Adams’ family to work the farm dating back to the 1840s.

Dau’s son, Ken, also returned to the farm and became a key part of the cattle business expansion.

“My son is very much involved in it,” Dau said. “He likes working with cattle. It’s very much part of his future.”

Content provided by Dan Grant, FarmWeek

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