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Cattle feeder day 2012


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

Feeding and managing for efficiency in the feedlot while finishing cattle at heavier weights is the theme for the 2012 Cattle Feeder Day Program. As the US beef cow herd shrinks, and feeder supplies dwindle, the US industry has turned to relying on heavier end weights for finishing cattle. Concurrently, feeder prices have increased over 30 percent.

These two fundamental changes in the cattle industry have significant implications on feeding and managing cattle to prevent losses in efficiency at various critical control points in the feedlot; namely, feedlot cattle health and nutrition during the receiving and finishing periods, increased reliance on combinations of co-products and farm-raised feeds with little grain inclusion, and ensuring that losses during feed storage, transport, loading, mixing and delivery are kept to a minimum.

The University of Minnesota Beef Team is happy to announce that they have teamed up with two nationally-known experts to address these issues during the 2012 Cattle Feeder Days program. Tom Peters, consulting nutritionist, will speak about retaining efficiency in spite of finishing cattle at heavier weights. Chad Zehnder, nutritionist with Purina Mills Feed, will speak about reliance on combinations of co-products and farm-raised feeds, and Alfredo DiCostanzo, of the University of Minnesota Beef Team, will address concerns with managing feed storage, transport, loading, mixing and delivery to retain efficiency. At the end of the program, speakers will host an open panel discussion to address issues specific to local operations.

The program will be held December 13, 5:30 pm at Rochester Events Center, 7333 Airport View Drive SW Rochester, MN 55902. A $30 registration fee will be charged at the door. The fee for additional attendees from the same farm or family is $15/person. Preregistration is encouraged but not mandatory. Please preregister by December 5 with Devan Paulus-Compart at 425-246-6131 or paulu058@umn.edu.

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