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Cattle Feeder Days Dec. 6 in Morris

HUTCHINSON -- The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will host the annual Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days program at five locations in southern Minnesota. The locations include a program at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.

Topics will include corn trait and kernel effects on feedlot performance by Fred Owens of Pioneer Hi-bred International. Owens is a world-renowned ruminant nutritionist and industry expert in topics related to feedlot nutrition and management.

Mark Corrigan from Lallemand Animal Nutrition will speak about feeding and management programs for natural cattle. This topic has gained attention in recent years as feedlot producers look for alternative ways to maximize feedlot profits.

Quality nutrition and care of receiving cattle is a key element of any successful feedlot enterprise, and this topic will be covered in two parts on this year's program. First, Ben Holland from South Dakota State University will present information and recommendations on nutrition programs for receiving cattle. Holland has worked extensively in this subject area across a variety of climates, feedlot types and cattle types. Holland's topic will be followed by a panel on veterinary strategies for receiving cattle. This panel will be led by Alfredo DiCostanzo of the Extension Beef Team and will feature insights from beef cattle veterinarians on what should be included in an effective receiving program.

Along with these topics, Grant Crawford from the Extension Beef Team will provide an update of Extension programming and feedlot research projects. There will also be time set aside for discussion with the speakers, industry representatives and attendees.

Registration is $35 per person, and $20 each for others from the same farm or family. The fee includes a meal and all materials. Contact Grant Crawford at 320-234-0441 or