Friday, December 5, 2008

2008 Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days present strategies for feedlot producers

The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team is proud to announce this year's Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days to be held Dec. 9-11. This year's program will focus on strategies to assist feedlot producers in discovering and developing new profit sources for their operations. The topics and speakers for this year's program are: Mixing integrity of diets containing byproducts by Dr. Sheri Bierman of Corn Belt Livestock Services; Determining the value of manure in feedlot operations by Dr. Mindy Spiehs of the USDA Meat Animal Research Center; Backgrounding calves: Strategies and Management by Dr. Grant Crawford of the U of M Beef Team; Value of corn crop with various harvesting methods by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo of the U of M Beef Team; and an update on bovine TB and the bovine TB assessment by representatives from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days will take place at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris and the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne on Tues., Dec. 9; the Royal Loon in Slayton on Weds., Dec. 10; and the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton and the LaQuinta Inn in Rochester on Thurs., Dec. 11. Registration will begin in Morris, Slayton, and Lamberton at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30. In Luverne and Rochester registration is at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00.

The cost for registration is $30, with each additional person from the same farm or family at $15. The registration fee includes a meal and all educational materials. Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting the location coordinator. For Morris, contact Rhonda Wulf (320-231-7890 or; for Slayton, contact Mike Boersma (507-825-6715 or; for Rochester, contact Lori Schott (320-225-5055) or (, and for Luverne and Lamberton, contact Grant Crawford (320-234-0441 or Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days information can also be found on the Beef Team website,

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