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North Dakota Angus University Feedout Project

The North Dakota Angus Association is partnering with the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) in sponsoring the third annual North Dakota Angus University (NDAU) Calf Feed-Out Program.
When Jun 01, 2014 08:00 AM to
Jun 10, 2014 08:00 AM
Where Carrington REC
Contact Name
Contact Phone 701-652-2951
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NDAU Announcement

Feedout Guidelines

The North Dakota Angus Association once again is partnering with North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center on the third annual North Dakota Angus University (NDAU) calf feed-out program.

“The second annual NDAU project was held with great success in the summer and fall of 2013,” says Chanda Engel, livestock research specialist at the center.

One hundred eighty-two head of yearling and fall steer calves where consigned in the feed-out program at the center. According to Engel, the program provides two major benefits: Producers receive valuable information on their cattle’s feedlot performance and the center is able to use the steers in a feedlot research trial that generates valuable information to benefit North Dakota cattle feeders.

“No treatments are imposed that would reduce performance of the animals,” Engel says.

In the 2013 feed-out program, cattle gained an average of 4.6 pounds per head per day, had a feed efficiency of 6.50 pounds of feed intake (dry matter) per pound of live weight gain, and had a dressing percentage of 62.9 percent, with 87 percent grading choice or better.

Mike Wendel from LaMoure consigned cattle both years of the program and has been pleased with his calves’ results in the NDAU trials. He has been able to use information generated from the program as a benchmark comparison in his herd.

“Not only did we get the carcass data back from the cattle we had at the university, but we also did a carcass and profit comparison to the calves we had there against the calves we kept at home,” Wendel says. “I think that was a huge bonus for us. We compared our rate of gain and carcass performance. It was a nice, unbiased comparison, and the whole process has been very educational.”

Angus University would be a viable option for cattle producers interested in gaining a better understanding of how Angus-sired cattle from their operation perform in the feedlot, Engel says. Producers also will learn about quality grade and the potential profitability available through retained ownership.

Participants in the NDAU will receive periodic progress reports on their calves’ performance, as well as a final report on the overall performance, efficiency and carcass traits for their calves.

Producers who consign cattle pay the feeding costs based on the average cost of gain, veterinary costs and a modest yardage charge. The center holds these fees until the cattle are marketed. At marketing, the center deducts all applicable fees from the sale price without an interest charge.

The animals selected for the feed-out program should weigh 800 and 900 pounds and be consigned in multiples of four. The cattle should be delivered to the center’s feedlot the first week of June.

To consign a group of cattle or for more information, contact Engel at (701) 652-2951 or, or Wendel at (701) 710-0425.


NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source: Chanda Engel, (701) 231-652-2951,

Editor: Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,

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