Livestock Tour set for Carrington Research Extension Center


The annual NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center Field Day is scheduled for July 19, 2000.  A combination of tours and demonstrations on crops and livestock will be conducted during the morning and afternoon sessions.  The morning session will begin at 9 a.m. while a different afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m.  A sponsored noon lunch will be served.


The livestock tour will start at 9:30 a.m. with a review of annual forage crop production.  Steve Zwinger, CREC Research Specialist, will discuss planting and harvest dates and feed quantity and quality.  Dr. Vern Anderson, CREC Animal Scientist, will present information on bison nutrition and discuss research on feeding bison bulls for meat.  Anderson will also present research results from feeding potato waste to beef cows and steers.


Scott Birchall, Extension Waste Management Specialist, will discuss fly ash as an alternative to concrete for creating a hard feedlot surface.  Dr. Karl Hoppe, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, will discuss identifying fast growing calves by involvement in the ND Winter Show Steer Classic Pen Division Feedout contest.


Research on tempering barley with or without a yeast enzyme cocktail will be highlighted by Anderson, while Dr. Kim Koch, NDSU Northern Crops Institute, will discuss methods for processing barley.  Steve Metzger, Carrington Farm Business Management, will compare managing high and low profit beef cowherds.


Eric Bock, CREC Research Specialist, will discuss research on feeding barley malt sprouts and sunflower screenings and using a commercial range cake made with crambe.


Hoppe and Anderson will finish the morning tour by discussing profitable cattle feeding partnerships and an update on the North Dakota Barley Feeders LLLP.


A special afternoon demonstration will return to the livestock unit from 1:15 to 3:00 p.m. to observe a feedlot pen being stabilized with fly ash.  Participants in this tour will have the opportunity to discuss the options for using ash and will be able to watch as ash is installed in a pen used to feed bison.  The tour will demonstrate how equipment found on most farms can be used to spread and incorporate ash into soil before a final compaction step to finish the stabilized surface.


The tour is open to the public and free of charge.  The center is located 3.5 miles north of Carrington, ND on Highway 281.  For more information or assistance, contact Karl Hoppe at 701-652-2951.