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Farm Bill & Precision Ag Program, Corn Silage and Cattle Handling

County Agent News
Dan Folske
December 31, 2018

Farm Bill and Precision Ag Program

            Mark your calendar for January 17th, 2019. Bryon Parmon, NDSU Extension Ag Finance Specialist will be at the Lignite Community Center to discuss the impacts and changes of the new Farm Bill. Along with Bryon, the Burke County Ag Improvement Association will be sponsoring a Precision Ag Workshop that morning. Watch for more details.

Corn Silage

            Corn silage, a once common feed which was almost discontinued in the area is becoming a feedstuff of choice again for area cattlemen.

As corn production has expanded in the state so has corn silage for cattle feed.  With larger operations with bigger herds, declining hay production, and improved corn yields, silage is a growing trend.

For information on growing and feeding corn silage, plan to attend a meeting January 31 at the North Central Research and Extension Center in Minot.  A two hour program beginning at 10:30 am will cover several key aspects of silage including: growing a good corn crop, harvesting and storing corn silage, feeding silage to cattle, and the economics of corn silage production.

Presenters will include Extension Agronomist, Dr. Joel Ransom; Dr. Karl Hoppe, Extension Livestock Specialist, John Dhuyvetter, Extension Livestock Specialist; Ward County Extension Agent, Paige Brummund,; and Lynsey Aberle, Farm Management Instructor with the Minot program.

The meeting is open to all interested persons and free of charge.  Information will be helpful for producers new or interested in adding silage to their feeding program.  For additional information call Paige Brummund at the Ward County Extension office at 857-6444, or John Dhuyvetter at the NCREC at 857-7682.

Cattle Handling

A Cattle Handling workshop and Beef Quality Assurance Certification meeting has been scheduled for February 26, 2019 at the Mountrail County Fair Building in Stanley.

Curt Pate is an internationally renowned stockman who has been putting on stock handling clinics around the world for over a decade. Curt will demonstrate low stress cattle handling techniques on both foot and horseback.

Additional meeting topics will include BQA certification, genetics of disposition scores, handling facility design, and keeping safe on the ranch.

The cost is $10 per person, lunch included.

RSVP by Feb 22 by calling 857-6444 or online at https://tinyurl.com/yc2o6hy3

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