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NDSU Feedlot School Set for Jan 22-23

This course is for anyone interested in learning more about feedlot operations.

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center will hold its annual NDSU Feedlot School on Jan. 22-23, 2013.

This intensive course is for cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel, animal health-care suppliers and anyone else who is interested in learning more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing.

“Cattle feeding is a multifaceted business,” says Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the center. “While delivering a timely, balanced ration to the cattle is a major segment of the business, resource and risk management are paramount. With a new packing plant operating in Aberdeen, S.D., there may be an increase in cattle fed to finish. However, the backgrounding feeders will continue to be a strong industry in North Dakota.”

Feedlot School topics will include:

  • Future opportunities for feeding cattle
  • Animal nutritional requirements
  • Feed additives and implant strategies
  • Ration formulation
  • Feed nutrient analysis and feed testing
  • Livestock stewardship and beef quality assurance
  • Facility management
  • Diseases, treatments and health programs
  • Manure and nutrient management
  • Carcass quality and marketing on the grid
  • Using market information for strategic planning
  • Budgeting
  • Custom feeding

The school also will include a commercial feedlot tour and a tour of the Research Extension Center’s livestock facilities.

Instructors include faculty from NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department, and the Carrington and North Central Research Extension Centers, as well as others who have extensive experience working with northern Plains feedlots.

The registration fee is $120 per person or $160 for two people from the same operation. All meals and a 3-inch, three-ring Feedlot School binder are included with the registration. The deadline to register is Jan. 17. The fee does not include lodging.

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

For more information about the course or to register, contact Foster County Extension agent Joel Lemer at (701) 652-2581 or

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

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Dec. 3, 2012

Source:Joel Lemer, (701) 652-2581,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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