Published October 17 2013
Ag calendar - 10/18/13Sheep shearing, wool classing schools set for Nov. 23-25
HETTINGER, N.D. – If you are interested in learning more about sheep shearing or becoming certified for wool classing, plan to attend the North Dakota Sheep Shearing School on Nov. 23-25 at the Hettinger Fairgrounds or the Certified Wool Classing School Nov. 23-25 at the Hettinger Armory.
The topics to be covered during the sheep shearing school include:
- Professional shearing patterns;
- Tagging and eyeing;
- Equipment maintenance and repair;
- Wool handling and preparation.
Instructors for the school are Wade Kopren, a South Dakota professional sheep shearer; Mike Hagens, North Dakota professional sheep shearer; Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep specialist; and Mike Schuldt, a Montana State University Extension agent.
The school is open to those who are experienced or nonexperienced in sheep shearing. To allow for one-on-one instruction, registration is being limited. The registration deadline is Nov. 8.
The registration fee is $125. The fee includes tuition, handbook, DVD and singlet. The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association is providing $250 in scholarships to state residents 16 and older. The scholarships will be distributed evenly among qualified applicants.
Topics to be covered during the wool classing school include:
- Wool fiber growth, development and production;
- Objective wool measuring;
- Genetic selection programs;
- Hands-on wool grading;
- Wool contamination and handling practices;
- Wool classing, packaging, labeling and marking;
- Test for level 1 certification.
The instructors are Ron Cole, American Sheep Industry Association wool education consultant, and Lisa Surber, Montana State University Wool Lab manager.
The fee for the program is $175, which includes tuition and materials. The classing school is limited to 12 students and the registration deadline is Nov. 8.
For more information on both schools, contact Chris Schauer at (701) 567-4323 or email christo
firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fees for both schools can be sent to the Hettinger REC, P.O. Box 1377, Hettinger, ND 58639.
The sheep shearing school is sponsored by the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association, NDSU Hettinger REC and NDSU Extension Service. The same organizations, along with the American Sheep Industry Association, are sponsoring the certified wool classing school.
Schauer, director of the Hettinger REC, is coordinating both events.
Dakota Feeder Calf Show scheduled for Oct. 19
TURTLE LAKE, N.D. – The feedout project gives cattle producers a chance to experience retained ownership on a small scale.
The 15th annual Dakota Feeder Calf Show is set for Oct.19 in Turtle Lake.
Cattle will be accepted at the Turtle Lake weighing station before 11 a.m., then exhibited as groups of three or four head. The spring-born steer calves consigned to the show then will be fed to market weight at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s feedlot.
The NDSU Extension Service is partnering with the Dakota Feeder Calf Show on the show and feedout project to give cattle producers an opportunity to experience retaining ownership of cattle beyond the cow-calf phase of production. Producers who consign their calves to the feedout program will receive performance and carcass data.
“When cattle or feed prices are low or high, it’s important to know how well your cattle perform through the market chain,” says Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. “This cattle feedout project will give producers information on how their calves perform in the feed yard and on the calves’ carcass value.”
The show and feedout are an entry-level way of learning about these options with three or four calves instead of 100. Cattle producers have used the feeding and carcass information to select bulls that will improve the feedlot value of their calves.
During last year’s feedout, the calves gained an average of 587 pounds in 212 days, with a total feeding cost (excluding interest) of $1.08 per pound of gain. The average sale weight was 1,224 pounds. The calves were fed with a market weight break-even of $132.89 per hundredweight.
“It’s the variation among cattle that makes this project educational and a real eye-opener,” Hoppe says.
In the 2012-13 feedout, the spread in net return per head between the average of the top and bottom five herds was $113.53. The spread becomes more noticeable between the top and bottom herd: The top-profiting herd made $102.49 per head, while the bottom herd lost $105.36 per head. Weight gain per day of age was 3.13 pounds for the top-profiting herd and 2.73 for the bottom herd.
“Small differences in production have a huge impact on profit,” Hoppe says.
Feedout project staff will gather data on rate of gain, feeding costs and other characteristics during the trial. After the calves are marketed, the staff will collect and provide information to the entrants on carcass weight, meat quality and value.
Producers will be assessed an entry fee of $20 per calf. Dakota Feeder Calf Show officials will present awards to producers at the end of the trial.
For more information or to preregister calves, contact Hoppe at (701) 652-2951; Darwin Chesrown, Turtle Lake Farmers Union Oil, at (701) 448-2356; or Irene Graves, McLean County Extension office, at (701) 462-8541, ext. 208.
Cattle may be registered the day of the show, but the feedout is limited to 180 head.
Nominations sought for ND Agriculture Hall of Fame
The selection committee of the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is asking the public for candidate suggestions for the 2014 inductees. Either organizations or individuals may nominate candidates, and the deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.
The North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is a statewide organization that recognizes those people who have made a meaningful contribution to the state’s agricultural industry.
Individuals are eligible to be nominated if they satisfy at least two of three requirements:
1. At least 45 years old;
2. Retired from an agriculture-related career;
3. Accumulated at least 20 years of service to the ag industry in North Dakota.
The permanent home for the state’s Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was established by the state Legislature during their 1997 session, is at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City. The display is available for viewing at both the NDWS Event Center and the Rosebud Visitor’s Center in Valley City.
Agricultural groups and organizations that are represented on the selection committee include: North Dakota Lamb & Wool Producers, North Dakota Grain Growers, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, North Dakota Oilseed Council, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Pork Producers Council, NDSU Extension Service, National Agricultural Marketing Association, North Dakota Farm Bureau, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Vocational Agriculture, North Dakota Winter Show and a representative from North Dakota’s farm broadcasters and ag journalists.
The new inductees will be chosen in December and then honored during a ceremony which will take place at the North Dakota Winter Show, on March 8, 2014.
Those who want a nomination form or more information on the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame should contact the North Dakota Winter Show office by calling (800) 437-0218, by mail at P.O. Box 846, Valley City, ND 58072 or at ndws@northdakotawinter
show.com. Nomination forms can also be printed from the website, www.northdakotawintershow.com.