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Monday, November 7, 2011

Attend U of M Extension Cattle Feeder Days Dec. 5-8

Attend U of M Extension Cattle Feeder Days Dec. 5-8

University of Minnesota Extension will host the annual Minnesota Cattle Feeder Day program Dec. 5-8, 2011 at the following times and locations:
• Morris, Minn., Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m., West Central Research and Outreach Center
• Luverne, Minn., Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., Blue Mound Banquet Center
• Tracy, Minn., Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m., the Caboose
• Rochester, Minn., Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., America's Best Value Inn (formerly La Quinta Inn)

Topics include:

Priorities that affect feedlot health, a top 10 list. Jeremy Schefers, U of M Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, sees first-hand the effects of health problems in the feedlot. Schefers will incorporate his experience at the diagnostic lab with on-farm interactions with feedlot producers, nutritionists and veterinarians to make recommendations on what can be done to keep feedlot cattle healthy and profitable.

Optimizing efficiencies in the feedyard. Chad Zehnder, Land O' Lakes Purina Feed, knows feedlot input prices are at an all-time high with no end in sight. Fortunately, even with high feed cattle prices, opportunities still exist to remain profitable in the feedlot business. Zehnder will explain how to remain profitable in an era of extremely high input costs.

Feedlot facilities panel. Alfredo DiCostanzo from Extension's Beef Team will lead this discussion. With the unique feeding climate experienced in Minnesota and the upper Midwest, it is important to have feedlot facilities that allow for optimal cattle performance while maintaining a positive bottom line. Recent years have seen a renewed interest in confinement facilities of varying type, which has brought about questions as to ideal facility type and proper facility management. This panel of producers and industry experts will discuss different facility types and how they can best be utilized.

Research updates from recent University of Minnesota feedlot research. Extension's Beef Team has been one of the most productive feedlot research groups in the country over the last few years, and will share new research along with ways that the information can be applied on the farm.    

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 Grant Crawford at (320) 234-0441 or

For information on Cattle Feeder Days or any other Beef Team program, please visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at or on Facebook at University of Minnesota

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