NDSU Feedlot School Set for Jan 23-24

Cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel, animal
health-care suppliers and others will have an opportunity to learn more about
feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing during the annual
North Dakota State University Feedlot School set for Jan. 23-24, 2019, at NDSU’s
Carrington Research Extension Center.

“Feeding cattle is a decades-old business with lots of new techniques,” says
Karl Hoppe, NDSU Extension livestock systems specialist at the center. “Making
cattle feeding profitable is usually a result of doing many things right, not
just one thing better. The Feedlot School helps identify the areas for
improvement, ranging from feed bunk management to health to business planning to

Feedlot school topics will include:

* Why feed cattle in North Dakota

* Animal nutrition requirements and feeding

* Implant technologies

* Feed additives

* Ration formulation

* Bunk reading and feed delivery

* Livestock stewardship/beef quality assurance

* Facility development and management

* Disease diagnosis, treatments and health programs

* Differences in feeding profitability

* Manure and nutrient management

* Carcass quality and marketing on the grid

* Using market information for strategic planning

* Budgeting

The school also will include a tour of a commercial feedlot and the Research
Extension Center’s livestock facilities. Faculty from NDSU’s Animal Sciences
Department, and the Carrington, North Central, Hettinger and Central Grasslands
Research Extension Centers, as well as others who have extensive experience
working with northern Plains feedlots, are instructors for the school.

“The regional cattle experts who teach at the school provide a good overview of
management for North Dakota feeders, and the outreach or interaction with the
participants continues for years after the school,” says Mary Keena, Extension
livestock environmental management specialist at the Carrington Research
Extension Center.

The registration fee is $125 per person or $175 for two people from the same
operation. All meals, a flash drive with supporting documents and copy of the
Cow Bytes feed ration balancing computer program are included with the

The deadline to register is Jan. 18. The fee does not include lodging. Register
online at https://www.tinyurl.com/CRECstore.

Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Lodging is available at
the Chieftain Conference Center, 701- 652-3131; Carrington Inn and Suites,
701-652-3982; or Cobblestone Inn, 701-652-3000.

For more information about the course or to register, contact Hoppe at
701-652-2951 or
karl.hoppe@ndsu.edu, or Keena at 701-652-2951 or mary.keena@ndsu.edu.

The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on
U.S. Highway 281.

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