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ND Stockmen's Association Hosts Feedlot Tour

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Some of the best ideas come from others.
Today ranchers are taking time out of their day to see how others do business.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you on the Stockmen's Association Feedlot Tour south of Mandan.
From feeding to pen set up...ranchers want to know it all.
(Scott Ressler / ND Stockmen's Association) "It's a win win for the environment as well as the livestock industry." 
Feeding cattle is a big deal in North Dakota.
(Scott Ressler / ND Stockmen's Association) "Now that we have the cattle market in an upward direction and everyone is really smiling there is some real interest to feed these cattle and add some value. We know that backgrounding or adding a little weight to them and that our feed source that we have in North Dakota, that we can we improve the profit levels on some of those operations.
The North Dakota Stockmen's Association works to help producers plan out feed lots like the one you see here.
And excitement in the cattle industry has lead them to planning more--they'll make six stops just today.
(Scott Ressler / ND Stockmen's Association) "What we have really seen is an interest in these younger producers that are wanting to come home and start another enterprise." 
Nearly 200 producers have come from near and far to take home ideas from others who've already been through the improvement process.
Cement feeding pads, fence line bunks and improved drainage areas are some of the upgrades.
(Rob Tweeten / Hensler Rancher) "Just be able to keep our cattle in a drier, cleaner environment to keep our water quality the way it is." 
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "New feedlots aren't just more efficient and better for the producer but also for the cattle." 
(Scott Ressler / ND Stockmen's Association) "All of these facilities have done their part in protecting the environment and at the same time making the cattle feeding a littlmore easy, a little more efficient for them. And the cattle perform a lot better on pens that drain properly. "
A win for the cattle, ranchers and the environment.

Ressler says most of the lots they are working on cost between 400 and 500-thousand dollars.
He says producers can qualify for up to 175,000 dollars worth of cost share.
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