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Tour of North Dakota livestock research center set for Aug. 12

An Aug. 12 tour of the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center will depart from Watertown, SD at 6 a.m.

The tour will focus on high feed costs and dry lot options. A bus for 50 participants will depart from the Codington County Extension Complex parking lot, 1910 W. Kemp Ave., Watertown.

The bus will stop at the Marshall County Extension office in Britton. The tour costs $40 per person, which includes transportation costs and refreshments. Registration is necessary before Aug. 11. Call Rebecca Schafer, (605) 874-2681, to register.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, along with the staff of the research center, has set up the tour. Vern Anderson, an NDSU animal scientist, will guide a tour, and a variety of presentations will take place.

Craig Dybedahl, a representative from Pfizer Animal Health, will speak about maximizing the performance of producers’ health programs.

Don Guthmiller, South Dakota Cooperative Extension livestock educator, will discuss strategies for dealing with high feed costs, and South Dakota Cooperative Extension livestock educator Rebecca Schafer will compare dry lot methods versus rented pasture.

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South Dakota Cooperative Extension livestock educators Duaine Marxen, Tyler Melroe, and Ann Price will present information on heat stress in cattle, selection and management of efficient cattle, and body condition scoring and heat efficiency.

In addition to the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, Pfizer Animal Health, Coteau Hills Cattlemen’s Association, and Farm Credit Services of America in Watertown are sponsoring the event.