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Published October 03, 2009, 12:00 AM

Area cattle tour slated

Members of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association will get the opportunity to view cattle operations in the area Sunday as part of an all-breeds tour, a state official said.

By: Beth Wischmeyer, The Dickinson Press

Members of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association will get the opportunity to view cattle operations in the area Sunday as part of an all-breeds tour, a state official said.

Each year, the association conducts the tour of progressive cattle operations and rotates each year. This year, the tour will be featuring the breeds of: Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Salers and Red Angus, said Tracey Koester, member services director for the association.

“The goal is to showcase the cattle in each area,” Koester said. “We look at all different breeds and some of the special needs of that area.”

The event is slated to begin Sunday in Belfield, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Belfield Memorial Hall. Koester said although registration has been going on for a while, no one will be turned away if they wish to attend and can simply stop in at registration Sunday.

“We’re expecting about 75 to 100 on the tour,” Koester said. “Anyone can stop in at any of the stops. We’ll sign them up along the way.

This year, stops include Beery’s Land & Livestock, Idland Cattle Co., Weyer Ranch Salers, Bock Charolais, Talkington Angus and Baumgarten Herefords among others in the area.

“They’ll showcase some cattle, and at Heart River ranch we’ll also see their facility and their work with genetics,” Koester said.

The group will also make a stop at Home on the Range, where they will view a cattle operation that includes utilizing cattle for some therapy for the children.

“We’re going to do a short presentation to show the producers and visitors how the cattle, horses and animals in general help in therapy,” said Jolene Obrigewitch, development director at Home on the Range. “It’s an opportunity to show some of our treatment plans that involve animals as well as showing off some of our cattle breeds.”

Obrigewitch said the organization has about 60 head of cattle, which are fed and taken care of in part by members of Home on the Range.

“When we have orphan calves, they are bottle fed and I think it’s kind of a metaphor,” Obrigewitch said. “I think sometimes the kids feel like orphans too. When they’re able to help take care of them, it’s a profound impact on their lives to do something positive like that.”

The tour is important, Obrigewitch said.

“I think it’s important for producers to meet with others and see the trends that are going on,” Obrigewitch. “Maybe what works for one producer or rancher could be used in another setting.”

Koester said operations are chosen based on their willingness to be a part of the tour, as well as some invitations.

“The only real requirement is that they have to belong to the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association,” Koester said. “We take memberships. If they aren’t a member we sure take membership if they want to be on the tour.”

The tour ends with dinner and entertainment in Belfield. For more information or to register, contact the association at 701-223-2522.

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