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More Young Ranchers Feeding Cattle

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Good times in Agriculture make feeding cattle popular throughout North Dakota. 

Scott Ressler with the North Dakota Stockmen's Association says in 2013 the organization helped develop 1 feedlot.
He says in 2014 they are working on developing 7-8 new feed lots.
He says North Dakota is a great place for feeding cattle because we have the livestock, genetics, feed and open space. 

(Scott Ressler / ND Stockmen's Association) "The grain prices have come down. Now there is an opportunity with livestock prices as good as they are, there are some farmer feeders who can take some of the grain that they have been raising, run it through livestock and actually do better through the grain prices. And through the livestock."

Ressler says it's mostly young producers who are interested in building.

(Scott Ressler / ND Stockmen's Association) "We are developing these feedlot and it's 500 dollars a head, that's a significant investment, so when these young producers have the opportunity to spend their whole career paying it back, certainly that has it's advantage. We also think these land prices across the state are sky high, so once again, an opportunity to develop something on 10 acres and have an enterprise on an operation, that seems to be really attractive to the younger generation."

The Stockmen's Association and NRCS offer cost-share programs to help producers design and develop new systems that are in compliance with environmental standards. 

 

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