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The NDSU Calf Backgrounding and Feeding Seminar series is set....

    FARGO, ND - The NDSU Calf Backgrounding and Feeding Seminar series is set.  

    With drought, lack of hay and volatile market prices, North Dakota cattle producers are faced with difficult choices. One option is to add value to the calves by feeding them in North Dakota instead of selling them. To address this issue, the North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding a series of local seminars on feeding and backgrounding calves and cow feed management.

    "Backgrounding calves is a margin business," says Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock systems specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

    "When the cost of gain is lower than the value of the gain, feeding calves works. However, feed costs are so variable in North Dakota. Freight cost becomes a huge issue, and the cost of shipping feed is figured into the cost of gain.

    "With the drought, the cost of forage is quite high," he adds. "That's contrary to the grain prices, which are fairly low."

    John Dhuyvetter, area Extension livestock systems specialist at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center near Minot, notes, "Rations with higher inclusions of grain or coproducts result in higher average daily gain and improved feed conversion. This might make cattle-feeding budgets profitable. It's time to figure your costs."

    The dates, times and locations for the series of meetings are:

    * Oct. 10 - 10 a.m. CST, Center, Betty Hagel Memorial Civic Center

    * Oct. 10 - 2 p.m. MST, Medora, Chateau DeMores Interpretive Center

    * Oct. 10 - 7 p.m. MST, Bowman, 4-Seasons Building, Bowman County Fairgrounds

    * Oct. 11 - 10 a.m. CST, Linton, Courthouse auditorium

    * Oct. 11 - 2 p.m. CST, Ashley, Courthouse

    * Oct. 11 - 7 p.m. CST, Napoleon, Napoleon Livestock Auction

    * Oct. 12 - 9 a.m. CST, Binford, Binford Fire Hall
    * Oct. 12 - 2 p.m. CST, Rugby, Dakota Farms, 308 Hwy 2 S.E.

    * Oct. 12 - 7 p.m. CST, Minot, North Central Research Extension Center

Topics for the meetings are:

    * Local issues for cattle feed - local NDSU Extension agriculture and natural resources agent

    * Feeding calf-growing rations - Hoppe

    * Backgrounding calf budgets - Dhuyvetter

    * Cow herd feed management - Janna Kincheloe, area Extension livestock  specialist, NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center

    For more information, contact Dhuyvetter at 701-857-7682 or, Kincheloe at 701-567-4323 or, Hoppe at 701-652-2951 or, or your local Extension agent, Paige Brummund at 701-857-6444 or


    MADISON, WI - The VanBedaf Dairy of Carrington, North Dakota, is one of eight dairy farms that will be featured in the World Dairy Expo's Virtual Farm Tours, October 3-7, 2017. The North Dakota Dairy Coalition and North Dakota Department of Agriculture will be part of over 850 organizations exhibiting in the trade show of the World Dairy Expo.

    For over 15 years, the Virtual Farm Tours have brought the best dairy operations in North America to the World Dairy Expo. The eight dairies selected this year feature technology and innovation, outstanding milk production and genetics, strong community ties and first-generation immigrant farmers, top-notch cow and calf care, and an expanding dairy. The virtual tours include a visual presentation of the operation by the owner or herd manager, followed by time for questions and an open discussion.

    On Friday, October 6 at 12:00 PM, the VanBedaf Dairy LLP, from Carrington, ND will be featured on the Virtual Farm Tours. The VanBedaf Dairy, owned by Conny and Corne van Bedaf, is a first-generation US dairy farm. Conny and Corne dairy farmed in the Netherlands and Canada before moving to Carrington in 2009. They built VanBedaf Dairy from the ground up, starting with 800 springing heifers in 2009 to their current herd of 1,400 cows. The van Bedaf family has worked hard to build relationships in the community and opens their doors every other summer for LegenDAIRY, a community appreciation open house. They also lease dairy calves and heifers to local 4-H members to show. The farm incorporates unique byproducts into the herd's ration, such as pasta waste from the local pasta plant. Conny and Corne's children, Piet, Dries and Maartje, are also involved in the operation.

    The van Bedaf family is honored to be a part of the Virtual Farm Tours at World Dairy Expo.

    "We're looking forward to showing Expo visitors our farm and feel very grateful to do so," said Conny. "We hope our experiences as dairy farmers in North Dakota may encourage others to consider dairy farming in our state."

    The North Dakota Dairy Coalition (NDDC) and North Dakota Department of Agriculture will also be present at the World Dairy Expo as trade show exhibitors. Their booth location is AL137. The NDCC, incorporated in 2004, represents dairy producers, industry representatives and government entities that are working to increase the number of dairy cows in North Dakota.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court won't reconsider a plan that distributes $300 million in leftover federal lawsuit settlement money to groups that help American Indians. The money is left over from a $680 million fund approved by the Obama administration in 2011 to settle claims by Indian farmers who said they were denied federal loans due to discrimination. Only about half of the expected claims materialized.

    The dispute over the leftover money is about whether it should go to individual farmers or to the groups. Two men who object to the court-approved plan say the court should consider new a policy under the Trump administration.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has banned government settlements that provide payments to third parties with no direct claims. But Justice Department attorneys say it's a mandate "going forward."


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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