North Dakota: 2012 NDSA feedlot tour is June 19, features south central operations
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Feeder Council will host its tenth annual Feedlot Tour in south central North Dakota on June 19. Buses depart from the K-Mart parking lot in Bismarck, ND, at 7 a.m. and the Coffee Cup Fuel Stop in Steele, ND, at 8 a.m.
“Throughout the day, we’ll tour some of the premiere feedlots in the region and learn about the steps they take to feed cattle while protecting or enhancing the environment in which they reside,” said NDSA Environmental Services Director and tour coordinator Scott Ressler. In some cases, the cattle feeders completely relocated their operations or developed sophisticated irrigation systems to improve sensitive landscapes.
“This tour in particular gives fellow feedlot operators and others a chance to see unique feedlot construction and improvements and better understand the environmental precautions taken in the development, management and maintenance of modern-day feeding systems,” he added.
The first stop is the Jeff Schneider feedlot near Kintyre, ND, a 999-head facility permitted in 2006. Schneider backgrounds calves and calves out cows at this location that features a custom-made processing facility and fence.
The next stop, J&P Feeders of Napoleon, ND, showcases the custom-built backgrounding and finishing feedlot owned by John and Paul Bitz of Napoleon. Expanded and permitted in 2006 for 4,000 head, it is the largest operation on the tour. It features a customized processing facility, irrigation system to control the water level in its holding ponds and continuous concrete feedbunks poured on-site.
Next, the tour heads to the recently renovated Napoleon Livestock for lunch, compliments of Napoleon Livestock, before traveling to Scott Vetter’s feedlot near Kintyre, ND. This lot was permitted in 2007 for 999 head. Vetter backgrounds cattle in existing pens located near a creek and expanded pens nearby. This feedlot features a concrete processing barn floor and loadout.
The next tour stop relocated its facility from a highly sensitive environmental landscape to an open area with slope and a containment pond. Darin Horner of Napoleon, ND, backgrounds purchased cattle in this 950-head feedlot permitted in 2008, featuring a newly built processing barn and facilities.
The final stop along the 2012 NDSA Feedlot Tour is near Wishek, ND, at the Mark Feist feedlot, permitted in 2005 for 990 head, where he backgrounds purchased cattle. Here, tour participants will see more customized feedlot construction and environmental workability.
Individuals interested in attending this free tour are asked to pre-register by June 15. To pre-register, contact Ressler at 701-223-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
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