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NDSU's Beef 101 Course Set for April

This year's NDSU Beef 101: From Calves to Carcasses program is set for April 3, 10 and 17.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding this year's "Beef 101: From Calves to Carcasses" program in April.

The three-session course is scheduled for April 3 and April 17 in Lisbon and April 10 in Enderlin. All sessions run from 2 to 7 p.m. and will include a meal. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions.

It is for cow-calf and seed stock producers, feedlot operators, those involved in the custom processing and meat marketing industries, agricultural educators, representatives of related industries and anyone else who is interested in beef cattle and beef carcass characteristics.

The first session will focus on quality and yield grade calculations, market beef evaluation techniques, live animal evaluation and applications of ultrasound technology. It also will include a demonstration of ultrasound technology.

Session two will cover beef carcass grading and pricing, conversion of muscle to meat/palatability and carcass evaluation and include a review of quality and yield grade calculations.

Topics for the third session are pricing cattle on grids, management strategies for improving carcass quality and genetic tools that cow-calf producers can use to increase carcass quality. In addition, this session will include a dinner-taste panel and a course review.

Instructors include NDSU Extension beef specialists and faculty from NDSU's Department of Animal and Range Sciences.

The registration deadline is March 23. The cost is $30 per person or $50 for two people from the same operation. The program is limited to 50 participants.

Lisa Pederson, Extension beef quality assurance specialist, says the cost actually is $90 per person, but the North Dakota Beef Commission is underwriting $60 of it through the $1-per-head beef check-off program.

Make checks payable to the NDSU Extension Service and mail them to Pederson at NDSU, 2718 Gateway Ave., Suite 104, Bismarck, ND 58503.

For more information, contact Pederson at (701) 328-9718 or or Brian Zimprich, Ransom County Extension agent, at (701) 683-5823, ext. 128, or

Agriculture Communication

Source:Lisa Pederson, (701) 328-9718,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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