N.D. Stockmen’s Association will host Feedlot Tour June 17

Farm Forum

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) 2014 Feedlot Tour is June 17 and will feature six feeding facilities in the Mandan/St. Anthony, N.D., area. The NDSA will provide bus transportation to and from the feedlots. The bus will depart from the Bismarck K-mart parking lot at 8 a.m. CT and return at approximately 5 p.m. CT.

The first stop of the Feedlot Tour will be Keller’s Broken Heart Simmental Ranch of Mandan, N.D. The ranch is home to Dwight and Susan, their children Luke, Jake and Tess and Dwight’s mother Helen. The feedlot is a bull and heifer development center for the ranch’s purebred Simmental operation. The feedlot was permitted in 2012 for 990 head and features continuous-poured concrete bunks and super-steel feedlot fencing with a double guardrail bottom. Also featured is a working facility with a tub and adjustable alley and hydraulic chute.

Schaff Angus Valley of St. Anthony, N.D., will be the next stop of the tour. Kelly and Martie Jo Schaff, along with their children Kelsie and Kourtney, operate this Angus seedstock operation. The feedlot is a bull and heifer development center. The feedlot was permitted in 2006 for 999 head and features large pens, a custom-designed processing facility with an adjustable alley, tub and hydraulic chute, a water-spreading containment system, skirted concrete bunks and cable feedlot fence.

From Schaffs’, the tour will head to Ellingson Angus of St. Anthony, N.D. Ellingson Angus is a seedstock operation owned by Chad and Julie Ellingson and their children Stetson, Jameson, Sierra, Medora and Sheridan. The facility is used to develop their Angus seedstock. The feedlot was permitted in 2013 for 999 head. This stop’s highlights include a guardrail windbreak fence, continuous steel feedlot fence, a custom-designed pumping system to a containment pond, a centerline feeding system, concrete bunks and heavy-use pads.

After the tour and lunch at Ellingson Angus, the tour will travel to the Steckler Ranch of St. Anthony, N.D., where John and Gloria Steckler, along with their son Aaron, operate a backgrounding and finishing feedlot. The feedlot was permitted in 2006 for 999 head. This stop features a concrete curbline feeding system with a custom-made adjustable neck rail, v-shaped super-steel windbreaks inside the pens and rubber-tire waterers with a custom-made cleanout.

From there, the tour will continue to the Chad Berger Feedlot of Mandan, N.D. Chad and Sarah Berger operate this multi-purpose facility as a backgrounding, finishing and bucking bull and heifer development feedlot. This feedlot was permitted in 2009 for 950 head. It features a newly constructed processing barn with a scale, hydraulic chute, tub and adjustable alley. In addition, the feedlot has custom-designed steel feed-through panels, a centerline cowboy alley, energy-free waterers and loafing sheds in each pen.

The final stop of the tour will be at Kuhn Cattle Company of Mandan, N.D. The Kuhn feedlot is owned and operated by Mitch Kuhn and his family. The feedlot was permitted in 2009 for 999 head. The feedlot is a cow-finishing yard with a continuous-poured concrete bunkline feeding system. There are dirt mounds inside the pens to increase square footage per animal.

Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated so that NDSA staff can plan for meals and busing. To pre-register, contact NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler at (701) 223-2522 or sressler@ndstockmen.org. The cost to participate is $5 per person.