NDSU Extension Services sponsors bull buying workshops
Beef producers will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops and individual help sessions dealing with bull buying. NDSU Extension Beef Specialist Dr. Kris Ringwall will lead the discussions.
The NDSU Extension Service is sponsoring the workshops, entitled “Buying Bulls by the Numbers”, on Jan. 29, 2014, at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck and Feb. 6, 2014, at the NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center in Dickinson. Individual one-on-one review of herd production and bull buying strategies will also be available.
The workshops will focus on how producers can use Estimated Progeny Differences (EPDs) in bull selection. Preregistration for the workshops is required.
The Jan. 29 workshop, co-hosted by NDSU and the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association, will be held in conjunction with the NDBCIA annual meeting. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. until 12 noon CST. Participants are welcome to participate in the NDBCIA annual meeting from 12 noon until 3 p.m CST where reports on the NDBCIA, the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Systems software and North Dakota beef production benchmarks will be given. The NDBCIA Producer of the Year Award will be presented to Roger, Linda and Trevor Livedalen of Towner.
The February 6 workshop is co-hosted by NDSU and local American Breeders Service representatives Donald and Sarah Nordby of Amidon, ND. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MST. Ringwall will lead the discussion on EPDs. ABS district manager Merlyn Sandbulte will lead presentations entitled “What’s the Skinny on Feed Efficiency Genetics?”, “I Don’t Want to Change- But I Have to Compete with Those Who Do” and the ABS Sire Lineup.
In addition to the workshop, Ringwall announced Bull Buying Help Sessions will be held Feb. 12, 13, 20 and 21 at the DREC in Dickinson. The help sessions are two hours each and will start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MST on each of the days. The help sessions are geared to one-on-one review of producers current and future sires. Workshop participants are asked to bring sale catalogs and bull registration numbers from operations where they purchased bulls.
“The desired outcome is to give producers a hands-on experience as they look at bull selection and pending purchases,” Ringwall said. He said the complete herd review includes how bull and female mating and selection are important tools in strengthening herd performance.
“The genetics of the beef herd in North Dakota is wide and varied,” Ringwall said. “We want to give beef producers a close up view of how EPDs can be a positive tool to improve herd performance and profitability.” He said many of the same concepts are useful in female selection, evaluation and production.
To preregister for any of the sessions, contact the Dickinson Research Extension Center: email Lee.Tisor@ndsu.edu or phone at 701-456-1105.