NDSU to hold calf backgrounding program – Oct. 14

Farm Forum

Cattle producers will be able to learn about backgrounding calves during a videoconference the North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

“Backgrounding is an alternative to selling calves at weaning,” says Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. “Learn more about the cattle-feeding issues of lower feed prices, cattle-feeding budgets, heifer development, market outlook and health concerns in this videoconference.”

The videoconference will be broadcast at the following locations:

• Carrington Research Extension Center

• Dickinson State University, Beck Auditorium

• NDSU North Central Research Extension Center near Minot

• NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter

• NDSU Extension county offices in Ashley, Lisbon and Linton

The topics and presenters for this event are:

• Cattle feeding: Budgets and opportunities – John Dhuyvetter, area Extension livestock specialist, North Central Research Extension Center

• Feeding heifers for replacements – Carl Dahlen, Extension beef cattle specialist, NDSU Animal Sciences Department

• Cost of gain with new crop feed prices: Feed prices and rations – Hoppe

• Cattle outlook: Prices and risk – Tim Petry, Extension livestock marketing economist, NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department

• Calf health and concerns for 2015: How to keep them alive – Gerald Stokka, Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist, NDSU Animal Sciences Department

• Local conversations: Time to share local concerns – local Extension agents or specialists

The event is free of charge. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Dhuyvetter at (701) 857-7682 or john.dhuyvetter@ndsu.edu; Hoppe at (701) 652-2951 or karl.hoppe@ndsu.edu; or your local Extension agent.