Mark Your Calendars For The Badlands Cattle Conference, Oct. 4

AgPro Solutions & Purina Animal Nutrition in partnership with Thiessen’s Regency Acres Angus Ranch will be hosting the inaugural Badlands Cattle Conference this fall. The event will be hosted Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Russell and Jill Thiessen’s ranch located 8½ miles south of Lambert and 16 miles west of Crane.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with speakers lined up to start their presentations at 9:30 a.m. Mark Voll, Zoetis Animal Health, will be speaking about biosecurity threats and calf health at weaning. Dr. Chad Zehnder, Purina Animal Nutrition, will be discussing fetal development and emerging technologies for weaning calves. Dr. Chris Zellmer, Diamond V will present weaning management tips and rumen health and Jon Scofield, Zinpro, will talk about lameness in cattle and the role of trace minerals.

Tri-tip sandwiches will be served at 12:30 p.m., and there will be time that afternoon for questions and observations of cattle on display. Dinner will wrap up the event at 6:30 p.m., with brisket on the menu. Beef and sides are courtesy of Russell and Jill Thiessen.

“I trim sale bulls in the winter and that was how I connected with Russell. We started talking about feed and one thing turned into another discussing a possible field day,” said Purina Livestock Production Specialist Austin Buzanowski, Glendive. “We thought it would be a great way to showcase their operation, the feed program, and the partnership between us.”

The Badlands Cattle Conference will provide valuable information to those in the industry. They are hopeful that attendees will take home new ideas to apply to their operation. It will additionally serve as an opportunity to network with other cattlemen from the area.

“Our main goal is to provide a lot of worthwhile knowledge. The cattle market is great and feed should be plentiful this fall, so it is a good time to invest in areas that have not been focused on before,” Buzanowski explained.

Area ranchers from eastern Montana and western North Dakota will be attending. Those interested can register by contacting Buzanowski at 406-839-1255 or AgPro Solutions at 406-377-4572. There is no cost to attend the Badlands Cattle Conference.


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