Carrington Research Extension Center Beef Tour set

Jul 2, 2010
by WLJ

Profitable steers, cattle nutrition research, drylot or pasture for cows, and timing manure applications will be among the topics at the beef production portion of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual field tours on July 20. The beef production program will begin at 9 a.m. in Carrington, ND, with registration and coffee. The tours will start at 9:30 and run until noon. Agronomy tours also will be held in the morning and afternoon.

Topics and speakers on this year’s beef production program are:

• Update on feedlot nutrition research— Vern Anderson, animal scientist at the center

• Drylot or pasture lactating beef cows— Breanne Isle, a research specialist at the center

• Farm Business Management program beef budget summary—Steve Metzger, Farm Business Management instructor, Carrington, ND

• Profitable steers—Karl Hoppe, NDSU Extension Service area livestock specialist at the center

• Livestock development in North Dakota — Kaydee Hande, livestock development specialist with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture

• Timing manure applications—Chris Augustin, a nutrient management specialist at the center

• Genetic disorders in beef cattle—David Buchanan, a professor in NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department

• Age and source verification—Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist

• Beef quality assurance—Lisa Pederson, NDSU Extension beef quality assurance specialist

Also, the NDSU Extension Service once again will offer free water quality screening during the field day. Anyone wanting water tested for nitrates, total dissolved solids, pH (acidity or alkalinity) and hardness should collect samples in any clean plastic bottle capable of holding 15 to 20 ounces and bring them to the field tour event. Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories also is offering to test water for a coliform group of microorganisms that includes E. coli. Johnson will have sterile bottles for people to take home to collect a water sample and then send it to the Minnesota Valley Testing laboratory in Bismarck. The cost for this test is $9 and will be collected when people pick up the sterile bottle at the field tour event. For more information about the beef production program, contact Hoppe at 701/652-2951 or For more details on the water quality testing, contact Johnson at 701/231-8926 or — WLJ