NDSU Equipment Demonstration Days set
The North Dakota State University Extension Service is hosting an Equipment Demonstration Day on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at NDSU’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center and Friday, Oct. 9, at the NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center.
Check-in for both events will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will start at 10.
Local county Extension agents, area and state Extension specialists, and livestock industry personnel are incorporating equipment demonstrations and education into one program. A bale processer, tub grinder, vertical and auger mixers for total mixed rations, and vertical and horizontal manure spreaders will be demonstrated.
Fara Brummer, area Extension livestock systems specialist at the Central Grasslands center, will discuss how bale processers and tub grinders can be used in preparing beef cattle diets. Following a demonstration of this equipment, Brummer will discuss forage particle sizes.
Auger and vertical mixers will be demonstrated to show producers the options for providing cattle with total mixed rations. In addition, Carl Dahlen, Extension beef cattle specialist, will discuss mixer loading order and mixing times, along with methods to evaluate the consistency of mixed ration from the beginning to the end of the load.
The day will conclude with demonstrations of vertical and horizontal manure spreaders. The demonstrations will emphasize spreading width and patterns.
Mary Berg, area Extension livestock environmental management specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, will reveal results of manure nutrient values collected from beef operations in North Dakota. She also will discuss the importance of calibrating manure spreaders and sampling manure before using it as a fertilizer.
In addition, NDSU Extension agents and specialists will provide insight into research on these topics. They also will discuss basic cattle nutrition and proper forage sampling.
Morning refreshments and lunch will be served. Attending the Equipment Demonstration Day is free of charge, but anyone planning to participate should register by Oct. 2 to ensure that enough food will be available. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/equipmentday or by emailing Berg at email@example.com or calling (701) 652-2951.