Livestock sessions mark Central Dakota Ag Day – Extension and Ag Research News

A veterinarian’s take on cow health, a weed researcher’s recommendation for improving pastures, and an economist’s forecast on cattle prices—these are some of the topics discussed during the annual Central Dakota Ag Day on Friday, December 16 at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center .

The animal presentations are among the 16 parallel sessions offered throughout the day-long event.

“In addition to raising cattle, we offer sessions on crop production, grain marketing, horticulture, and even North Dakota food traditions,” says NDSU Extension agent Jeff Gale. “There will be something for everyone.”

The program begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts.

Linton, North Dakota, rancher Doug Bichler will deliver the keynote address entitled “Life Left-handed” at 9:30 am

Topics and speakers in the beef production part of this year’s program are:

  • Cattle Market Outlook – Tim Petry, Extension Livestock Economist, NDSU Fargo
  • Emerging Problems in Cow Health (two sessions) – Dr. Jerry Stokka, veterinarian and animal husbandry expert, NDSU Fargo
  • Weed Control in Pastures – Brian Jenks, weed scientist, NDSU North Central Research Extension Center, Minot
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service programs for ranchers – Paul DuBourt, Supervisor of NRCS Conservation Delivery Units, Carrington
  • Rules for Selling Locker Meat – Travis Hoffman, Extension Sheep Specialist, NDSU Fargo

“With expectations of herd size reduction in the United States, the market outlook will provide ranchers with information that is critical to their planning,” said Karl Hoppe, livestock specialist for the NDSU Extension.

Hoppe also highlights the importance of the presentations by Dr. Stokka to learn more about emerging diseases and ways to prevent cattle deaths.

“No other factor has a greater impact on profitability,” adds Hoppe.

No registration is required. Lunch is provided.

Central Dakota Ag Day is organized by representatives from the NDSU Extension in Foster, Eddy, Wells, Griggs, Barnes, and Sheridan counties and staff from NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

The Carrington Research Extension Center is three and a half miles north of Carrington on US Highway 281.

For more information about Central Dakota Ag Day, visit

Direct additional questions to Gale at 701-652-2581 or email [email protected]

NDSU Agriculture Notice – November 23, 2022

Source: Jeff Gale, 701-652-2581, [email protected]

Publisher: Elizabeth Cronin, 701-231-5391, [email protected]