For Immediate Release
Sept. 24, 2016
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North Dakota Stockmen’s Association recognizes environmental practices at Feiring Cattle Company
Beach, N.D., family receives Environmental Stewardship Award
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) presented the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award to Donnie and Trisha Feiring and their family of Beach, N.D., during the NDSA’s 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show, “Rooted in Tradition, Growing for the Future,” in Minot, N.D., on Sept. 24.
Donnie and Trisha operate Feiring Cattle Company with their daughters Harley and Taylor. Feiring Cattle Company is a 1,985-acre purebred Angus operation in western North Dakota.
The family utilizes holistic management practices to maintain a focus on the outcome of their production and promote the future of their resource base. The Feirings employ several practices to achieve their goal: from planting trees and developing wells to incorporating cover crops and employing an intensive grazing plan.
They added a pastured poultry enterprise to diversify their operation and add nutrients to the grass to increase production. Their pastured poultry are housed in 10-by-12-foot-pens known as “chicken tractors,” which are moved through pastures to distribute natural fertilizer where it is needed.
The Feirings utilized a Sustainable Agriculture Research Grant to introduce the benefits of cover crops to bromegrass pastures and have conducted infiltration tests on their soil and nutritional balance fecal testing to asses the nutrition of their grasses.
They have also assisted the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition and Golden Valley Soil Conservation District with projects and speaking engagements at the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Conference.
The Environmental Stewardship Award is sponsored in part by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
As the state ESAP winner, the Feirings will compete against other state ESAP winners from South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas for a regional award.