The North Dakota feeder cattle industry has evolved over the past couple decades. That was evident, as nearly 75 cattle producers turned out for the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association 16th Annual Feedlot Tour. “North Dakota isn’t necessarily a long-time cattle feeding state, but we’re efficient at feeding and backgrounding,” says NDSA Environmental Services Director Scott Ressler. “When we started this tour, there was about eight of us in a van. It’s fun to showcase facilities that have taken steps to get our state where it is today.” With a wide range of topography across the state, Ressler says every facility is built to the lay of the land. “There are a lot of producers in central North Dakota with farmland attached to the feedlot. Participants take tidbits of what they would or wouldn’t do back to their own operation in order to feed and handle cattle better.”
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