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Cattle Feeder Day Dec. 5 in Morris

The University of Minnesota Beef Team will present the 2011 Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days at four locations this December. The West Central Minnesota location will be at The West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris on Monday, Dec. 5.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program running form 6-9 p.m. Register with Rhonda Wulf at 320-231-7890 or Registration is $35 per person and $20 for each additional person from the same farm or family. All program materials and a meal are included with registration.

This year's topics and speakers are: "Priorities that Impact Feedlot Health: A Top 10 List" - Dr. Jeremy Schefers, U of M College of Vet Medicine. Dr. Schefers is a veterinarian at the U of M Vet Med diagnostic lab, so he sees first-hand the effects of health problems in the feedlot. Dr. Schefers incorporates his experience at the diagnostic lab as well as on-farm interactions with feedlot producers, nutritionists, and veterinarians to make recommendations on what can be done to keep feedlot cattle healthy and profitable.

"Optimizing Efficiencies in the Feedyard" - Dr. Chad Zehnder, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed. Feedlot input prices are all-time highs with no definitive end in sight. Fortunately, with high fed cattle prices, opportunities still exist to remain profitable in the feedlot business. Dr. Zehnder will discuss steps that should be taken to remain profitable in an era of extremely high input costs.

"Considerations for Feedlot Facility Management" - panel led by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, U of M Beef Team. With the unique feeding climate experienced in Minnesota and the upper Midwest, it is important to have feedlot facilities that allow for optimal cattle performance while maintaining a positive bottom line. Recent years have seen adaption of confinement facilities of varying type, which has brought about questions as to ideal facility type and proper facility management. This panel of producers and industry experts will discuss different facility types and how they can best be utilized.

"U of M Beef Research Update" - U of M Beef Team. The U of M Beef Team has been very active in recent years conducting research that can be applied to upper Midwest feedlot operations. An overview of current and recent research will be provided, along with suggestions on how these results can be applied to your feedlot operation.

Other dates and locations for the Cattle Feeder Day program include

Dec. 6-- Luverne, Blue Mound Banquet Center

Register with Grant Crawford at 320-234-0441 or

Dec. 7-- Tracy, The Caboose

Register with Mike Boersma at 507-836-6927 or

Dec. 8-- Rochester, America's Best Value Inn (Formerly La Quinta Inn) Register with Devan Paulus at 425-246-6131

For more information, visit the U of M Beef Center website.