N.D. Stockmen slated to host feedlot tour June 18

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) 2013 Feedlot Tour is June 18, and features four feeding facilities in central North Dakota. The NDSA will provide bus transportation to and from the feedlots. The bus will depart from the Bismarck K-mart parking lot at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m.

The first stop of the tour is Kline Simmental Ranch near Hurdsfield, N.D. The ranch is home to Monte and Terri Kline, their son, Matt, his wife Emily and their son Eddy. The multi-generation operation includes purebred Simmental cattle, custom-feeding and heifer development enterprises. The Kline feedlot was permitted in 2010 for 999 head and features large pens, a concrete curb-feeding system, rubber tire waterers and south-facing slopes. The feedlot also includes working facilities with a double alley and a Bud Box for low-stress cattle handling.

Dockter Land & Cattle of Denhoff, N.D., is the next stop of the 2013 tour. Owners Scott and Lisa Dockter recently completed an expansion of the existing backgrounding and custom-feeding facility, which was originally permitted in 2000 and then expanded in 2012 for 999 head. This facility now features concrete bunks, continuous fence, super steel windbreaks, and rubber tire water tanks.

After the Dockter stop, the tour will head to Harvey, N.D., to tour the Raugust Whitetail Ranch.

Owners Cody and Hugh Raugust relocated their 400-head permitted feedlot in 2010 to enhance the operation’s backgrounding and calving processes. The facility features custom-built feedlot fence, poured-in-place concrete bunks, concrete waterers and an indoor working facility.

After lunch at the Raugusts, the tour will travel to the Heitman Feedlot, also near Harvey, where Luke Heitman relocated his 990-head permitted feedlot in 2012. This stop will feature custom-built feedlot fence, poured-in-place concrete bunks and waterers, portable windbreaks and a double-alley working facility with a hydraulic chute. Heitman uses the feedlot for backgrounding and calving.

Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated, so that NDSA staff can plan for meals and bussing. To pre-register, contact NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler at 701-223-2522 or The cost to participate is $10 per person.

–N.D. Stockmen’s Association