The ninth annual Dakota Feeder Calf Feedout will get underway Oct. 20 in Turtle Lake, N.D.
Spring-born steer calves consigned to the feedout will be fed to market weight at the Carrington Research Extension Center feedlot. There's a $15 per head fee to enter calves into the feedout. More than $2,500 will be awarded to producers for the top performing feeders.
During last year's feedout, the calves gained an average of 640 pounds in 212 days, with a total feeding cost (excluding interest) of 64.8 cents per pound of gain. Average sale weight was 1,298 pounds. The calves were fed with a market weight breakeven point of $90.81/hundredweight.
"It's the variation between cattle that makes this project educational," says Karl Hoppe, livestock specialist at North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center.
In the 2006 feedout, the average per-head profit per consigner ranged from $6.32 to $227.35 after feeding expenses (excluding interest) and calf value were deducted from slaughter value.
For more information and to pre-register calves, contact Hoppe at (701) 652-2951; Teresa Presser, Bank of Turtle Lake, at (701) 448- 2323; or Pat Carpentier, McLean County Extension, at (701) 462- 8541, ext. 208. The feedout is limited to 170 head.
Source: NDSU Extension Communications