Beef production tour July 18

Annual tour to be held at Carrington Research Extension Center

Chanda Engel, research specialist at NDSU's Carrington Research Extension Center, talks about cattle feeding research results at the center's livestock unit during a beef production program. (NDSU photo)

CARRINGTON, N.D. — Current research and outreach projects, winter rye silage, double-cropping forage systems with rye and measuring grass production are among the topics that will be covered during the annual beef production field tours at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center on July 18.

The beef production program will begin at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and a welcome. The livestock tour will depart at 9:30 and run until noon with Mary Berg, nutrient management specialist at the center, as host.

Agronomy, horticulture and sustainability/organic tours also will be held in the morning, and another agronomy tour and a soil health workshop will be held in the afternoon.

Topics and speakers for this year’s beef production program are:

  • Rye forage as a feed for cattle, including results of rye silage research and the Angus University feedout project, double-cropping rye when planted with barley as a forage crop, and swath grazing millet after harvesting rye – Chanda Engel, research specialist at the center
  • Corn silage sampling project – Carl Dahlen, Extension beef cattle specialist, NDSU Animal Sciences Department
  • Dry lot cow-calf creep feeding and how this applies to a drought – Engel
  • Feed additives for enhancing rumen fermentation – Uchenna Anele, animal scientist at the center
  • Feed mixing demonstration for determining adequate mixing time – Dahlen, Engel and Tim Schroeder, livestock technician at the center

The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281.

For more information about the beef production program, contact Karl Hoppe, NDSU Extension area livestock systems specialist at the center, or Engel at 701- 652-2951 or email Hoppe at or Engel at

— NDSU Agriculture Communication

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