North Dakota: Beef College set for Feb. 24 in Bismarck |

North Dakota: Beef College set for Feb. 24 in Bismarck

The latest research on grazing, nutrition and reproduction will be among the topics at a day-long beef cattle workshop set for Feb. 24 at the Best Western Doublewood Inn in Bismarck, ND.

The Beef College is a collaborative effort of the North Dakota State University Extension Service and Animal Sciences Department, and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 10 a.m. from Charlie Stoltenow, NDSU Extension veterinarian and Beef College coordinator; Greg Lardy, head of the Animal Sciences Department; and Julie Ellingson, executive vice president of the Stockmen’s Association.

Speakers for the event and their presentations are:

• “No Bull? AI in Commercial Cow Herds” – Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension beef specialist, will discuss why some ranchers use artificial insemination in their herds while others do not, estrous synchronization protocols that address producer concerns and optimize labor and financial resources, and the future of estrous synchronization and AI research for commercial cattle producers.

• “Beef Up on Peas” – Kasey Carlin, a meat scientist in NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department, will talk about research that shows including field peas in beef cattle finishing diets improves the palatability of the beef and has the potential for improving the palatability of cuts of meat not used as much because they aren’t as tender as other cuts.

• “What’s New Under the Scope?” – Larry Reynolds, a reproductive physiologist in NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department, will talk about the Advanced Imaging and Microscopy Laboratory established at NDSU in spring 2010 to meet the needs of agricultural and biomedical researchers across campus and throughout the region.

• “Efficiency Isn’t Only Skin-deep” – Kendall Swanson, a nutritionist in NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department, will provide information on the expansion of NDSU’s feed efficiency research program, the capabilities for research at the newly constructed Beef Cattle Research Center and the results of recent feed efficiency research.

• “A Family Affair” – Jim and Jody Hauge, Mandan, ND-area beef producers, will share how they approached the issue of succession planning and offer some tips on how it might work for others.

• “A Systems Approach to Ranch Management” – Trey Patterson, chief operating officer for Paddock Ranch Co., which has its headquarters in Ranchester, WY, will talk about the importance of taking a systems approach in designing and executing ranch management plans.

• “Do Distillers Grains Cause Sulfur Toxicity?” – Bryan Neville, an animal scientist and nutritionist at NDSU’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center, will discuss research on the challenges of including ethanol coproducts, such as distillers dried grains plus solubles, in finishing diets because they have the potential to increase the concentration of sulfur in the diet.

• “Does Late-season Grazing of Cover Crops Pay?” – Kevin Sedivec, NDSU Extension rangeland specialist, will provide details on the economics of late-season grazing of annual forages, cover crops and native range in south-central North Dakota and cattle performance during late-season grazing of annual forages and native range in the same area.

The cost of the program is $30 if paid by Feb. 18 and will include lunch. The cost after that date is $40 and will not include lunch.

To register online, go to Mail payments to RaeAnn Berg, NDSU Dept. 7630, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050. Write your birth date on your payment if you are paying by personal check.

For more information about the Beef College, contact Berg at 701-231-7641 or

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