Carrington Research Extension Center to host livestock tour

Farm Forum

The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual beef production field tours on July 19 will highlight current feedlot research projects, winter rye forage systems, mortality composting management, predation control and profitability of feeding calves.

The beef production program will begin at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and a welcome. The livestock tour will depart at 9:30 and run until noon. Agronomy, horticulture and sustainability/organic tours also will be held in the morning, and another agronomy tour will be held in the afternoon.

Topics and speakers for this year’s program are:

• Feedlot research updates: Pea starch and corn particle size – Chanda Engel, research specialist at the center

• Dakota Feeder Calf Show feedout results – Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the center

• Retained ownership: Weighing and measuring the potential – Jory Hansen, farm business management instructor at the center

• Mortality composting demonstration – Mary Berg, nutrient management specialist at the center

• Predation control – Cody Krause, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, Carrington

• Forage systems with winter rye – Engel and Nathan Spickler, Spickler Ranch, Glenfield

• Calf implant demonstration and research update – Engel, Hoppe and center Livestock Unit crew

• Cannulated steers: Valuable tool for nutrition research – Engel

• Annual forage trials for livestock and grazing – Steve Zwinger, research specialist at the center

The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281. For more information about the beef production program, contact Hoppe or Engel at 701- 652-2951 or email Hoppe at