The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s (NDSA) Feeder Council will present Beyond the Bunk VII, an educational program for anyone interested in the cattle feeding business, on Dec. 21 at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck. The program begins at 10 a.m. and features six main speakers, including:
* NDSA President Jason Schmidt of Medina, N.D., will provide an update on NDSA activities.
* Jim Magolski, a PhD candidate in meat science at North Dakota State University (NDSU) will discuss how an animal’s disposition affects its meat quality.
* NDSU Feed Center Manager Kim Koch will talk about improving feed efficiencies by processing feed correctly.
* Steve Metzger, North Dakota Farm Business Management Program Director at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center will talk about what works and what does not work relative to marketing and cattle futures.
The conference will break at noon for an on-your-own-lunch and reconvene at 1 p.m. for the following speakers:
* NDSU Meat Scientist Rob Maddock will discuss the effect of feed additives on carcass quality.
* Schmidt, Tom Bresnahan of Sinner Brothers & Bresnahan Feedyard near Casselton, N.D., Jamie Hauge of Blue Hill Ranch near Carson, N.D., and Robert Tweeten of Tweeten Feedlot near Hensler, N.D., will participate in a producer panel about the opportunities and challenges the beef industry in North Dakota can expect for the coming year.
The program is free to attend. Pre-registration isn’t required, but is appreciated for planning. To pre-register, call NDSA Environmental Services Director and program coordinator Scott Ressler at (701) 223-2522 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.