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NDSU to Hold Calf Backgrounding Program

The videoconference will be broadcast at seven locations on Oct. 14.

Cattle producers will be able to learn about backgrounding calves during a videoconference the North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

“Backgrounding is an alternative to selling calves at weaning,” says Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. “Learn more about the cattle-feeding issues of lower feed prices, cattle-feeding budgets, heifer development, market outlook and health concerns in this videoconference.”

The videoconference will be broadcast at the following locations:

  • Carrington Research Extension Center
  • Dickinson State University, Beck Auditorium
  • NDSU North Central Research Extension Center near Minot
  • NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter
  • NDSU Extension county offices in Ashley, Lisbon and Linton

The topics and presenters for this event are:

  • Cattle feeding: Budgets and opportunities - John Dhuyvetter, area Extension livestock specialist, North Central Research Extension Center
  • Feeding heifers for replacements - Carl Dahlen, Extension beef cattle specialist, NDSU Animal Sciences Department
  • Cost of gain with new crop feed prices: Feed prices and rations - Hoppe
  • Cattle outlook: Prices and risk - Tim Petry, Extension livestock marketing economist, NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department
  • Calf health and concerns for 2015: How to keep them alive - Gerald Stokka, Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist, NDSU Animal Sciences Department
  • Local conversations: Time to share local concerns - local Extension agents or specialists

The event is free of charge. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Dhuyvetter at (701) 857-7682 or; Hoppe at (701) 652-2951 or; or your local Extension agent.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Sept. 29, 2014

Source:Karl Hoppe, (701) 652-2951,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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