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Cattle producer workshop planned

STAPLES--The Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council will host the 16th annual winter workshop for cattle producers Feb. 11 at Central Lakes College in Staples.

STAPLES-The Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council will host the 16th annual winter workshop for cattle producers Feb. 11 at Central Lakes College in Staples.

Cattle producers will get a chance to get in on a real "Bull Session" with discussions ranging from bull selection and cow efficiencies to best calving practices.

Kris Ringwall, director of North Dakota State University's Dickinson Research Extension Center, the featured speaker, will discuss "Making sound choices in today's cattle industry. The sessions promise to equip producers with sound tools to use while evaluating their decisions around bull selection and herd management.

Ringwall's sessions will include selecting the right sires for the cattle operation, assessing both the expected progeny differences and genetics best suited for cows and production goals; research producers can use to help decide what is the ideal cow size for their operation; and real-world research that weighs the pros and cons of calving early or late. Participants are asked to bring a sales catalog of bulls they intend to buy or breed to, or the registration numbers

of past and present bulls they own.

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The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration. Along with the speakers, there will be a question and answer session and vendors and sponsors will be on hand with displays and handouts. Cost for the day-long workshop is $25, which includes morning and afternoon refreshments, full lunch and the speaker.

The Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council is a networking group of the Sustainable Farming Association. Go to www.sfa-mn.org for more information about the Forage Council or to register or contact Kent Solberg at 844-922-5573, extension 701 or kent@sfa-mn.org or Charles Horsager at 218-639-4225 or chorsager@unitybanking.com .

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