Feedlot Tour to visit western North Dakota
 
The 15th annual NDSA Feedlot Tour will be June 20 at feedlots near Center, Stanton, Hebron and Richardton. The day-long tour will include stops at Rocky Valley Ranch; Price Farm and Ranch; Wanner Feedlot; and Beaver Creek Ranch. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the stops. The bus will depart from the Bismarck K-Mart parking lot at 8 a.m. CT and return at approximately 5:30 p.m. CT.
 
Here is a tour preview:
 
Rocky Valley Ranch near Center is the tour's first stop. Rob Schmidt and his family operate the facility. The custom backgrounding and heifer development feedlot was newly constructed and permitted in 2008 for 999 head. The Rocky Valley Ranch feedlot features continuous steel fence, trough-type water tanks, super steel windbreaks with guardrail bottoms and a cowboy alley exiting the back of the pens.
 
Price Farm & Ranch near Stanton is the tour's second stop. Steve and Linda Price and their son Cole operate the facility, updated in 2012. Price's primarily finish cattle in the 840-head permitted feedlot. The operations features cable feedlot fence, concrete heavy-use pads and a custom processing facility with an adjustable alleyway and roof.
 
The Wanner Feedlot near Hebron is the third tour stop. Dave Wanner and son Greg operate the backgrounding operation. Permitted in 2012 for 999 head, the facility inccludes well-drained pens, rubber tire waterers and a curbline feeding system with adjustable neck rails. The operation also houses a state-of-the-art processing facility utilizing the Bud Box concept and a double alleyway.
 
The final tour stop is Beaver Creek Ranch owned and operated by the Phillip Messer family. Expanded in 2011, the backgrounding facility is permitted for 999 head. The operation features large, well-drained pens, curbline feeding systems and the ability to sort in several directions after processing.
 
The NDSA Feedlot Tour, a project of the NDSA Feeder Council, includes a noon lunch at the Wanner stop. Pre-registration is not a requirement, but is appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, contact NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler at (701) 223-2522 or sressler@ndstockmen.org.
 
Thank you sponsors!
 
Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health
CATL Resources
CHS Nutrition
Dakota Community Bank & Trust
DeHaan, Grabs & Associates
Elanco
Farm Credit Services of Mandan
Feed Mix
First Community Credit Union
Hubbard Feeds
K2S Engineering, Inc.
Kist Livestock
North Dakota Corn Council
Purina Animal Nutrition
River Ag, Inc.
Stockmen's Livestock Exchange
Stockmen's Supply
Sunnyside Feeds, LLC.
Vigortone Ag Products
VitaFerm
Zoetis
 
North Dakota Stockmen's Association * 407 S. 2nd St. * Bismarck, ND 58504 * 701-223-2522 * ndsa@ndstockmen.org