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ND Stockmen to host Beyond the Bunk Workshop


The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Feeder Council will present the 2013 Beyond the Bunk Workshop on Dec. 18, at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck, N.D. The workshop will be an educational program for anyone who is interested in the cattle feeding business.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and features the following speakers:

* Jason Zahn, NDSA president

Zahn will provide an update of recent NDSA activities and policy positions.

* Gerald Stokka, NDSU livestock stewardship specialist

Stokka will discuss animal welfare issues in the livestock feeding sector affecting the industry today and in the future.

* Todd Sigmon, Dinklage Feedyard manager

Sigmon will describe why North Dakota cattle fit into the management of the 50,000-head feedyard in Proctor, Colo., and the benefits he sees feeding North Dakota cattle.

* Vern Anderson, animal scientist, and Chanda Engel, research specialist, NDSU Carrington Research Center

Anderson and Engel will reveal the results of recently completed North Dakota State University feedlot research.

* Frayne Olson, NDSU crops marketing economist

Olson will discuss feed-grain prices and offer a price forecast.

* Rich Blair, market analyst

Blair will project livestock market prices for the upcoming year.

* Brian Amundson, Jamestown, N.D.; Weston Dvorak, Manning, N.D.; and Lynn Rall, Forbes, N.D.; North Dakota feedlot managers

The panelists will explain their operations and how they make cattle feeding profitable.

The conference will break at 12 p.m. for an on-your-own lunch and then reconvene at 1 p.m.

“Once again, we have great speakers lined up to help educate producers about feeding cattle,” said NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler, who is the staff liaison for the Feeder Council. “It’s a great opportunity for those who are interested in feeding, but who want to learn more about how it works. It also gives attendees the opportunity to hear from successful North Dakota feedlot managers who are making feeding work for them on their own operations.” The program is free to attend.

Pre-registration isn’t required, but is appreciated for planning purposes.

To pre-register, call Ressler at 701-223-2522 or e-mail him at sressler@ndstockmen.org

–ND Stockmen’s Assoc.

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