Registration opens for ‘Mineral Nutrition for the Beef Cow Herd’ educational series

Extension beef cattle specialists from the 4 universities are accepting registrations for the sequence, titled “Mineral Nutrition for the Beef Cow Herd.”

Started in South Dakota in 2017, this system was prolonged to North Dakota in 2018 and to Montana and Wyoming this 12 months.

The program, which was spurred by elevated curiosity in grazing mineral diet, consists of academic webinars in June and submission of forage and water samples to a laboratory with follow-up with Extension personnel, ranch visits by Extension personnel and extra academic webinars within the fall.

“Mineral dietary supplements might value producers between $20 and $50 or extra per cow per 12 months,” says Janna Block, livestock methods specialist at NDSU’s Hettinger Research Extension Center. “While minerals are a small element of beef cow diets, they’re vital for a wide range of capabilities within the physique.

“This program provides producers extra details about particular mineral challenges on their ranch and easy methods to cope with them successfully to extend worth and effectivity of mineral supplementation,” she provides.

“I’m excited concerning the alternative to develop this program into Montana and Wyoming to succeed in a bigger variety of beef cattle producers and assist them make optimistic adjustments to their mineral program, well being of their cattle and the profitability of their operations,” says Adele Harty, SDSU Extension cow-calf subject specialist. “This program has developed, and enhancements have been made yearly to handle the challenges and issues introduced forth by contributors. As a outcome, this program offers hands-on, individualized help to ranchers that may make a significant distinction to their operations.”

In 2020, the academic periods have been transitioned to a digital format, which is being maintained this 12 months, offering the chance to develop to a bigger geographical area and attain a bigger group of producers. The June periods will present fundamental data about mineral diet together with instruments to assist producers efficiently monitor mineral consumption and make changes to extend consumption.

The second half in the course of the summer season contains the submission of forage and water samples to Ward Laboratories, which has partnered with Extension to supply a reduction for contributors to get their samples analyzed. Once the Extension personnel obtain the outcomes, they are going to work with the contributors to interpret the outcomes and decide what adjustments might be useful to the operation.

The third element that’s vital to the success of this system is ranch visits. This offers a possibility for the contributors to share their particular state of affairs and challenges with the Extension personnel one-on-one to seek out options or just fine-tune what they’ve been doing.

The sequence concludes with academic periods within the fall, the place all the info that has been shared in the course of the earlier 5 months is introduced collectively in an utilized format.

To date, the “Mineral Nutrition for the Beef Cow Herd” sequence has drawn contributors from 79 operations, plus 22 business and Extension personnel from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Illinois.

The program is open to beef cattle producers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Surrounding areas are welcome; nevertheless, the ranch go to element of this system could also be digital.

North Dakota producers who wish to take part in this system can register on-line on the NDSU Hettinger REC Marketplace website at If you could have questions or would love further details about this system, contact Block at 701-567-4323 or [email protected].

Producers in different states ought to attain out to Harty at 605-394-1722 or [email protected] for South Dakota, Shelby Rosasco at 307-766-2329 or [email protected] for Wyoming or Megan van Emon at 406-874-8286 or [email protected] for Montana.

This 12 months, registration has been diminished to $130 per operation, because of a donation from Micronutrients, a Nutreco firm. This charge contains the primary forage and water evaluation and journey to the ranch by Extension professionals.

The first webinar periods are scheduled for June 8, 10, 15, 17 and 22 from 6:30 to eight p.m. Mountain time (7:30 to 9 p.m. Central time). Sessions shall be recorded for later viewing by contributors. Dates for the autumn webinars shall be introduced sooner or later.

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