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NDSU Feedlot School January 17-18

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The Carrington REC will hold its annual NDSU Feedlot School on January 17-18, 2024.

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 very competitive business. Making cattle feeding profitable is usually a result of doing many things right, not just one thing better. Feedlot School helps identify the areas for improvement, ranging from feed bunk management to health to business planning to marketing.

The regional cattle experts who teach at the school provide a good overview of management for North Dakota feeders, and the outreach and interaction with the participants continues for years after the school.

Feedlot school topics include:

  • Why feed cattle in North Dakota?
  • Facility design and equipment
  • Budgets for different cattle feeding scenarios
  • Cattle requirements and feeding
  • Beef Quality Assurance
  • Implants
  • Cattle financing
  • Feed additives 
  • Ration formulation
  • Feed nutrient analysis and feed testing
  • Feedlot diseases and treatments
  • Facility management
  • Bunk reading and feed delivery
  • Manure and nutrient management
  • Livestock market outlook
  • Price protection with Hedging and LRP
  • Alternative market programs
  • Carcass quality and marketing on the grid

The school also will include a commercial feedlot tour and a tour of the CREC livestock facilities.

Instructors include faculty from NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department and Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department, and Carrington and Central Grasslands Research Extension Centers, as well as other experts with extensive experience working with Northern Plains feedlots.

For more information about the course or to be placed on a waiting list for next year’s Feedlot school, contact the Carrington REC at (701) 652-2951.

Karl Hoppe, Ph. D.
Extension Livestock Systems Specialist