The NDSA Feeder Council will host its annual Beyond the Bunk Workshop on Dec. 12 at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Scott Ressler, NDSA environmental services director, at (701) 223-2522 or



Beyond the Bunk 2018



 Morning Session 

NDSA President Dan Rorvig will kick off the workshop, offering a welcome and an NDSA policy update.
He will be followed by a series of speakers who will discuss a variety of beef-related topics.

• From Braaten Law Firm, Beriah Smith will discuss how cattle liens are handled in North Dakota

• North Dakota Beef Commission Secretary-Treasurer Travis Maddock will give a beef checkoff update

• David Spickler of Lighthouse Commodities will present a cattle market update.


 Afternoon Session 


• Lisa Pederson and Dr. Gerry Stokka of North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension will provide a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training to help producers meet the requirements of the packing industry.

• Some packers have said recently they will only source cattle from BQA-certified producers starting in 2019. This BQA training will meet the packers’ requirements.



“The Beyond the Bunk Workshop is a great opportunity to learn about an array of beef industry topics with direct application to North Dakota feeding operations,” said NDSA Feeder Council Chairman Joe Matehs of Upham.


The Beyond the Bunk Workshop is open to all who are interested. There is no cost to attend the morning session; however, there is a $15 fee to participate in the BQA training in the afternoon.