NDSA feedlot tour to feature southwest N.D.
April 21, 2015
The 13th annual North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) Feedlot Tour will be June 16 at feedlots in Elgin, N.D., New Leipzig, N.D., and Morristown, S.D.
The daylong tour includes stops at Ottmar Feedyard, Maher Angus Ranch and Roth Feedyard. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the stops. The bus will depart from the Bismarck, N.D., K-Mart parking lot at 8 a.m. CT and return at approximately 5 p.m. CT.
Ottmar Feedyard near Elgin, N.D., is the tour's first stop. Blaine and Linda Ottmar operate the facility with their two sons and daughters-in-law, Chad (Joy) and Lance (Shawna). The backgrounding and finishing feedlot was permitted in 2014 for 2,800 head. The Ottmar Feedyard features continuous-poured concrete bunks and heavy-use pads, large pens, continuous steel and cable perimeter fencing and energy-free water tanks. A custom enclosed processing facility with a hydraulic chute and a surplus-water storage building and liquid feed system are also on site.
Maher Angus Ranch near Morristown, S.D., is the tour's second stop. Dan and Gloria Maher develop bulls with their son Casey, his wife Gina and their children at the 999-head facility. The operation was permitted in 2012 and features continuous-poured concrete bunks and heavy-use pads, dual-purpose alleys, cable feedlot fence and energy-free water tanks. The site's newly constructed processing facilities include double alleys and a hydraulic chute.
Roth Feedyard near New Leipzig, N.D., is the final tour stop. Lincoln and Beth Roth operate the backgrounding feedlot. Permitted in 2014 for 999 head, the facility includes continuous-poured concrete bunks and heavy-use pads, continuous steel feedlot fence, rear cowboy alleys in the pens and concrete water tanks.
The NDSA Feedlot Tour, a project of the NDSA Feeder Council, costs $5 per person, which includes lunch at the Maher Angus Ranch stop. Pre-registration is not a requirement, but it is appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, contact NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler at (701) 223-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Founded in 1929, the NDSA is an 85-year-old cattle producer's trade organization that works to unite, protect, promote, educate and serve North Dakota's beef industry.