Beyond the Bunk Workshop, Bismarck ND


NDSA Feeder Council to host Beyond the Bunk Workshop
The NDSA Feeder Council will host its 2015 Beyond the Bunk Workshop Dec. 16 at the Ramada in Bismarck. This year's workshop features an in-depth look at North Dakota State University feedlot research, a review of a volatile cattle market climate and a discussion of future feeder cattle marketing opportunities in the region.
NDSA President Steve Brooks of Bowman, N.D., will open the meeting with a welcome and issues briefing.
Jeff Russo, vice president of cattle procurement at New Angus LLC's packing plant in Aberdeen, S.D., will discuss recent updates to the facility in preparation for its upcoming re-opening. He will also review the plant's future specifications and the classes of cattle the group plans to handle.
Dr. Rob Maddock, North Dakota State University (NDSU) associate professor, will discuss feeding cull cows for market and several research projects concerning the contributing factors to beef carcass value and meat processing.
Chanda Engel of North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center will highlight several ongoing research projects within the NDSU feedlot research program.
Jessica Sampson, agricultural economist at the Livestock Marketing Information Center, will provide a market outlook for cattle feeders.
NDSU Extension Agents Paige Brummund and Crystal Schaunaman will facilitate a short workshop empowering families to get started on their ranch succession plan. The session will explore the fundamentals of succession planning for your business, including retirement, transition and the estate process.
The workshop is free to attend. While pre-registration is not required, it is appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, contact Scott Ressler, NDSA environmental services director, at (701) 223-2522 or
The NDSA Seedstock Council will also hold a business meeting at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Ramada. The meeting is open to all who are interested. For information, contact NDSA Special Projects Director Laiken Aune at (701) 223-2522 or 

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