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Published November 26 2010

Crop and Cow Day adds cattle production session

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center has added a program for beef cow producers to this year’s crop day event.

The center’s Crop and Cow Day program will be on Dec. 9. The daylong event will start with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by corn and soybean production updates and a session on crop economics. The beef sessions start at 1 p.m.

Carl Dahlen, NDSU’s Extension Service beef cattle specialist, will speak on synchronization protocols for breeding cows and heifers via artificial insemination (AI). Because high-accuracy expected progeny difference-proven bulls are available with the use of AI, superior genetics will improve the calf crop and cow herd. Synchronizing estrus makes breeding multiple animals at one time an easier chore.

Kadee Hande, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, will discuss the North Dakota Verified age and source verification program and how producers can use it. Cattle exports are at a 10-year high, and third-party age verification is required to export to Pacific Rim countries.

John Dhuyvetter, area Extension livestock specialist at NDSU’s North Central Research Extension Center near Minot, will speak on the complexities of developing heifers into productive cows. The U.S. cattle inventory is at its lowest level since 1959. If cattle prices are improving, producers will be interested in breeding heifers.

Dry bean and sunflower production updates also will be offered as concurrent sessions during the afternoon.

Attending the Cow and Crop Day program is free of charge. The National Sunflower Association, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, and North Dakota Corn and North Dakota Soybean councils are sponsoring refreshments and a noon meal.

For more information, contact the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center at (701) 652-2951 or visit its website at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu.