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Cattle Feeder Days


Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The U of M Beef Team will be hosting the annual Minnesota Cattle Feeder Day program at five locations in southern Minnesota from December 6-9, 2010. The Southeast program will take place in Rochester on December 9 at 5:30 pm at the La Quinta Inn.

Topics for this year's program will include "Corn Trait and Kernel Effects on Feedlot Performance" by Dr. Fred Owens of Pioneer Hi-bred International. Dr. Owens is a world-renowned ruminant nutritionist and industry expert in topics related to feedlot nutrition and management. Dr. Owens will discuss how kernel traits can affect feedlot performance and will review research data related to discovering the best types of corn for feeding cattle.

Dr. Mark Corrigan from Lallemand Animal Nutrition will speak about feeding and management programs for natural cattle. This topic has gained attention in recent years as feedlot producers look for alternative ways to maximize feedlot profits. Dr. Corrigan will talk about the differences between conventional and natural feeding programs, and will present recommendations to assist in developing a successful natural feeding program.

Quality nutrition and care of receiving cattle is a key element of any successful feedlot enterprise, and this topic will be covered in two parts on this year's program. First, Dr. Ben Holland from South Dakota State University will present information and recommendations on nutrition programs for receiving cattle. Dr. Holland has worked extensively in this subject area across a variety of climates, feedlot types, and cattle types. Dr. Holland's topic will be followed by a panel on veterinary strategies for receiving cattle. This panel will be led by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo of the U of M Beef Team and will feature insights from beef cattle veterinarians on what should be included in an effective receiving program.

Along with these topics, Dr. Grant Crawford from the U of M Beef Team will provide an update of U of M extension programming and feedlot research projects. There will also be time set aside at the meetings for discussion with the speakers, industry representatives, and meeting attendees.

Registration for this year's program is $35/person, and $20 for each additional person from the same farm or family. The registration fee includes a meal and all educational materials. Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting Jolene Keltzer at 701-793-3873 or kelzer027@umn.edu.

For information on Cattle Feeder Days or any other Beef Team program, please visit the Beef Team website at www.extension.umn.edu/beef.

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