Dickinson REC to Host Beef Cattle and Forage Day on Aug. 19
New concepts in forage management will be presented at the annual North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center Beef Cattle and Forage Day on Monday, Aug. 19.
The free event will be held at the DREC ranch two miles south and three miles west of Manning.
Starting at 8 a.m., Kris Ringwall, DREC director, will host a sunrise center ranch tour. It is a wagon tour through some of the center’s pastures to look at the DREC cattle herd. Ringwall also will lead a discussion on the various management practices and cattle production methodologies in place at the center.
Soil health and how it relates to beef production will be the focus of a presentation by Allen Williams, who is a livestock researcher and consultant. Williams will talk about how soil health is the foundation that leads to high-quality, grass-fed beef and profitability.
Other soil health presenters are Llewellyn Manske, DREC range scientist, and Chris Augustin, NDSU area Extension soil health specialist.
There will be three presentations by producers regarding cover crops and grass-fed production. Producers John and Nicole Lamb of Calgary, Alberta, will talk about slow-grown, grass-fed beef. Lucas Hoff of Richardton will discuss backgrounding calves by grazing unharvested corn, and Derrick Dukart of Manning will provide his findings from a cover crop grazing project that he is doing on his ranch.
Doug Landblom, animal scientist at the DREC, has been conducting grass-fed beef research at the center. Data from the study will be presented by Songul Senturklu, DREC visiting scholar, and Landblom. They will discuss the parameters of the project and how they relate to soil health, animal performance and economics. Rob Maddock, NDSU associate professor, will discuss meat quality.
Ringwall and Landblom will finish the day with information on cattle size, calving dates and annual forage grazing.
An evening discussion with the speakers will take place at the DREC office in Dickinson beginning at 6:30 p.m.
For more information and to preregister for the evening discussion, contact Landblom at (701) 456-1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also can be found at http://bit.ly/16J2FiZ, and the complete program schedule is included inside the front cover of this month’s North Dakota Stockmen’s Association magazine.