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Two big beef feedlot tours on tap

Two big beef feedlot tours on tap

Beef feedlot tours are slated for June 16 in North Dakota and July 14 in South Dakota.

There are feedlot tours planned in North Dakota and South Dakota in the next couple weeks.

The North Dakota tour is Tuesday, June 16.

The South Dakota tour is Tuesday, July 14.

North Dakota
The bus will depart from the Bismarck K-Mart parking lot at 8 a.m. Central Time and return at approximately 5 p.m. Central Time

Cattle in a monoslope confinement barn are in the shade during hot summer month. Photo: Loretta Sorensen.

Ottmar Feedyard near Elgin, N.D., is the tour's first stop. Blaine and Linda Ottmar operate the facility with their two sons and daughters-in-law, Chad (Joy) and Lance (Shawna). The backgrounding and finishing feedlot was permitted in 2014 for 2,800 head. The Ottmar Feedyard features continuous-poured concrete bunks and heavy-use pads, large pens, continuous steel and cable perimeter fencing and energy-free water tanks. A custom enclosed processing facility with a hydraulic chute and a surplus-water storage building and liquid feed system are also on site.

Maher Angus Ranch near Morristown, S.D., is the tour's second stop. Dan and Gloria Maher develop bulls with their son Casey, his wife Gina and their children at the 999-head facility. The operation was permitted in 2012 and features continuous-poured concrete bunks and heavy-use pads, dual-purpose alleys, cable feedlot fence and energy-free water tanks. The site's newly constructed processing facilities include double alleys and a hydraulic chute.

Roth Feedyard near New Leipzig, N.D., is the final tour stop. Lincoln and Beth Roth operate the backgrounding feedlot. Permitted in 2014 for 999 head, the facility includes continuous-poured concrete bunks and heavy-use pads, continuous steel feedlot fence, rear cowboy alleys in the pens and concrete water tanks.

The North Dakota Stockmen's Association Feedlot Tour, a project of the NDSA Feeder Council, costs $5 per person, which includes lunch at the Maher Angus Ranch stop.

You can reserve a seat on the bus by contacting NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler at (701) 223-2522 or before June 12. Pre-registration is not a requirement, but it is appreciated for planning purposes.

South Dakota
South Dakota State University Extension is teaming up with the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association - Cattle Feeder Council to host a feedlot tour July 14.

"Cattle producers often wonder what they can do to improve efficiencies and practices, this tour may give them the answers they are looking for," says Reid McDaniel, SDSU Extension beef feedlot specialist.

This tour provides attendees with a first-hand look at feedlot operations as well as an opportunity to visit with the feedlot owner/managers as well as SDSU and SDSU Extension staff.

The event begins at 7 a.m. with a bus departing from the South Dakota State University motor pool lot (corner of 13th St. and Medary Ave, Brookings) at 7:30 a.m. To attend the tour, you may either join the bus, or meet at the specific locations.

Tour schedule is:

•8:30-10 a.m. Redstone Feeders (21139 425th Ave, Iroquois). Refreshments served courtesy of Corn Belt Livestock Services.

•11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Warkenthien Feedyard (17515 424th Ave, Clark). Lunch served courtesy of Dakotaland Feeds.

•2:15-3:45 p.m. Moes Feedlot (16319 445th Ave, Florence). Refreshments served courtesy of Purina Land O'Lakes.

•5-6:30 p.m. J&J Farms (19736 465th Ave, Bruce). Refreshments served courtesy of CHS.

•7 p.m. Arrive in Brookings.

The registration deadline is July 7. There is no charge for the tour. To register, visit

For more information, contact McDaniel at  605-688-5452 or
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